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VOL. LXXVi 



JANUARY 1998 



NO. 1 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



MEDITATION 

And now, my soul, another year, 
Of thy short life is past; 
I cannot long continue here, 
And this may be my last. 

Much of my hasty life is gone, 
Nor will return again; 
And swift my passing moments run — 
The few that yet remain. 

Awake, my soul, with utmost care 
Thy true condition learn: 
What are thy hopes? how sure? how fair? 
What is thy great concern? 

Behold, another year begins; 
Set out afresh for heav'n; 
Seek pardon for thy former sins, 
In Christ so freely giv'n. 

Devoutly yield thyself to God, 
And on his grace depend; 
With zeal pursue the heav'nly road, 
Nor doubt a happy end. 






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GOD WITH US 

Please read Psalms 46. 

The Psalmist gives us much to think about as we enter a new 
year. Although his message is not specifically a new year's medita- 
tion, there is much there to help prepare our hearts for another year 
of serving God. He helps us to know God a little better. By knowing 
Him better we will be able to serve Him better. 

The new year before us is a little like a strange mansion we 
have been invited to visit. We are used to our home, which is com- 
fortable if not pretentious. The mansion is different. The new year 
looms ahead of us as something strange. We do not know what it 
will bring. It may bring us heartaches, sorrows, prosperity, joy or 
any other similar events. As we prepare to enter the year, it is as if 
we were at the front door of the strange mansion. That door looks 
ominous. We may have some fears about entering through that 
door. But being invited, we will go through the door. Our apprehen- 
sions may be fulfilled or disproved. We do not know until we have 
actually gone through the door. 

it is a great help to us when entering a strange place to have a 
guide, who can help us avoid the pitfalls that may be found there. A 
mansion is a place of many rooms, hallways and maybe some se- 
cret passages. We could become lost or wander aimlessly without 
someone to guide us. The new year can also become a time of 
aimlessness. Groping our way through a mansion can be difficult 



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and frustrating, but it is not nearly as dangerous as groping our way 
from one year to the next. Our aimless wandering through a man- 
sion will only last a little while. It is not likely that our experience will 
greatly affect our future. To wander aimlessly, without an experi- 
enced guide, through the years of our lives will have eternal conse- 
quences. These consequences are so great that we must seek the 
best guide who can be found. The Psalmist recommends such a 
guide to us. 

There very well may be various disasters, personal, regional, 
or national to face in the new year. In the midst of these disasters it 
is good to have a refuge. Although we may not be able to avoid 
these storms, we can have God as our refuge. He is not far away. 
With that help so near, we do not need to fear the situations that 
may arise. Our storms may be physical disasters, fire, flood, bitter 
cold, terrific heat, hurricane, tornado or earthquake. They may be 
personal, physical or mental suffering. They may be sorrows or 
heartaches. Whatever they may be, God is the One who can help 
us overcome the hurt of each one. 

God is not only our defender, but also the provider of our bless- 
ings. He provides many material and temporal blessings through- 
out life. We have health, strength, and the right use of body and 
mind. He has provided many Spiritual blessings for us. As He 
provides the streams to water the earth and make it productive, so 
He provides these blessings to us that we might be productive 
members of His family. He provides protection for His people when 
in danger from the people surrounding them. He is a very present 
source of help. He is available when needed. Unlike the promises 
of men or governments, the promises of God are worthy of our 
trust. We can act upon what He has promised us. We can know 
that whatever situation we find ourselves in that He is there as our 
help. He is worthy of our confidence. 

The mighty acts of God are seen all about us. He has accom- 
plished many wonderful things. His hand can be seen in scenes of 
destruction. He is known because no other could produce such 
mighty acts of power. His deeds are not just those that cause won- 
der because of their destructive effect. He can work in other power- 
ful ways. He can bring peace where warfare has been common. 



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When God rules the hearts and minds of men, peace among men 
will be found. There will be no need for weapons of destruction 
when men have the Spirit of God within them. Men can produce 
great weapons of warfare, but seldom can he control them. God 
can bring all these weapons to naught as He moves upon the hearts 
and lives of men. 

The Psalmist would counsel us to be still and to know God. We 
need to be still in two different senses of the word. We need to be 
quiet so we can hear Him. If we are so noisy that we can not hear 
Him, we can hardly benefit by His counsel. We also need to be still 
in our activities. We need to stop what we are doing and just listen 
to Him as He speaks to us. We can become so busy, even with the 
good deeds of life, that we do hear Him speak to us. We need a 
quiet time with Him. It needs to be a quiet time physically and 
emotionally. 

Are you prepared for the new year? Can you enter the door of 
that mansion, knowing you have a Guide who will lead you through 
all that is within? 

M. C.Cook 

THE BRIDEGROOM IS SOON TO COME 

As we observe the times we are made to know we are drawing 
near to the Rapture of the faithful in Jesus. Matt. 25 tells a story 
about this event. It is great for those who are taken and very sad for 
those who are left behind. 

We notice fifty percent of those were called foolish. They were 
the ones who had not the oil of the Spirit. All were virgins. All were 
expecting the Bridegroom to come. Only the wise were taken. They 
were all fundamental Christians, but some were left behind to go 
through the Great Tribulation. This will be a time of trouble and 
martyrdom like has never been, or will be, Matt. 24:21-22. 

The necessity of having a clean mind, a pure heart, and a right 
spirit can not be over emphasized. We are now referring to the ten 
who are waiting for the coming Bridegroom. These thoughts con- 
cerning the ten virgins behoove every Christian to search his own 



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heart by the Bible record and with the aid of God's Holy Spirit. It 
must be with a mind like David's, who said, "Search my heart, see if 
there be any evil in me." This will be a personal matter with God, 
not what our image appears to be. 

Confessions may be necessary to our fellow man. This is very 
embarrassing. Confession, repentance, and a vow to live a differ- 
ent life are the only way to be free of sin. These things are our cross 
which we must bear to Jesus. He will lift our crosses. These are 
the crosses we must bear alone. The Christian's cross is not ours, 
to that we are dead. 

Our cross is what we find when we sincerely search our per- 
sonal lives. Many times these are the things that only God and you 
know about. These are things like meekness, hungering after righ- 
teousness, merciful, pure heart, peacemaker, love for Christ and 
others, burden for lost souls, and much more. These are things that 
must be dealt with in every Christian's life, in order to have Chris- 
tian growth. 

Many times it requires confessions that are humbling. That is 
the cross we must bear. Bearing our cross requires a cost. It is in 
our closets where we meet with God, and ask Him to equip us for 
the battles of life. Lord I must have the Faith, and determination to 
pay the cost, Luke 12:36-40. It may be embarrassment, humbling, 
or even death. 

Our uncompromising attitude must be, that with Jesus I will win. 
These are areas where many Christians do not want to be dis- 
turbed. Someone has said, "This is where the rubber meets the 
road." 

Man's ways are horizontal, they parallel the earth. God's ways 
are vertical from Heaven. Many times they block man's way, and 
that makes a cross. The reaction may determine the wise, or the 
foolish. Joel 1:14-15. 

Love and prayers, 
Homer Mellott 



Only when the grape is crushed can it produce juice. 



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THINGS OLD AND NEW 

As we stand at the beginning of the new year, it is easy to say, 
"Ring out the old, ring in the new." However some things old are 
worth hanging onto. Not all things new are good. 

Psa. 93:2, "Thy throne is established of old: thou art from ever- 
lasting." Psa. 44:1 , "We have heard with our ears, O God, our fa- 
thers have told us, what work thou didst in their days, in the times of 
old." 

The old landmarks. Deut. 19:14, "Thou shalt not remove thy 
neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine in- 
heritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the Lord thy God 
giveth thee to possess it" Prov. 23:10-11, "Remove not the old 
landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: For their 
redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee." 

Lovingkindness, Psa. 25:6. The works of the Lord, Psa. 77:1 1 . 
Foundations, Psa 102:25-28. Testimonies, Psa. 119:152. Coun- 
sels of faithfulness and truth, Isa. 25:1 . 

Isa. 46:9, "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, 
and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me." 

Jer. 6:16, "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, 
and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, 
and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk 
therein." 

Put off the old man, Rom. 6:6, Eph. 4:22, Col. 3:9. Purge out 
the old leaven, I Cor. 5:7-8, "Purge out therefore the old leaven, that 
ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our 
passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not 
with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; 
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." 

As we grow old in the flesh we pray as did the Psalmist, Psa. 
71 :9, "Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when 
my strength faileth." Psa. 71:18, "Now also when I am old and 
grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength 
unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come." 
Psa. 92:12-15, "The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he 
shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the 



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house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall 
still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; To 
shew that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no 
unrighteousness in him." 

It is said the way to grow old gracefully is to start young. 

Now as we put off the old man and carnal nature, we must put 
on the new man by being born again. 

We now have a new covenant, to replace the old. Please read 
Jer. 31 :34 and Heb. 8:6-1 3. Jesus died that He might be the media- 
tor of the new covenant. Heb. 9:15, "And for this cause he is the 
mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the re- 
demption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, 
they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inherit- 
ance." Please read Heb. 9:13-28. 

His body was broken and His blood was shed to seal the new 
covenant, and He gave us the ordinance of the bread and cup, that 
we might have a remembrance, Matt. 26:26-28, Mark 1 4:22-24, Luke 
22:19-20, I Cor. 1 1 :23-26. 

He opened to us a new and living way. Heb. 10:19-23, "Having 
therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood 
of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for 
us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high 
priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in 
full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil con- 
science, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast 
the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that 
promised;) 

John 1 3:34, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love 
one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" 

So we become a new man, Eph.2:15, 4:24, Col. 3:10 and have 
a new name, Rev. 2:17, 3:12. 

We have a new song in our hearts even if we cannot sing well 
with our voice. Psa. 40:1-3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1 and Rev. 5:9- 
10. 

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new. Rev. 21:1-5. 
God bless you all. 

Brother William Carpenter 

SEPARATION 

Isa. 52:1 1 , "Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch 
no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that 
bear the vessels of the Lord." 

I truly believe that God is speaking to the entire world through 
the Prophet Isaiah, warning the sinner and ungodly people, to re- 
pent of their sins. God requires us to live a pure, holy and righteous 
life as we bear the vessels of the Lord. I trust that every brother and 
sister who are living for the Lord will seriously think about what 
these vessels are. 

Matt. 6:24, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will 
hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and 
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Therefore 
this brings separation between one or the other. Eph. 5:1 1 , "And 
have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather 
reprove them." The Lord is telling us to be a separate people from 
the world. 

II Cor. 6:1 7, "Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye 
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will 
receive you." If we truly believe God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and 
be born again into the family of God, this separates us from the 
world. The devil likes to make people believe that there is no God. 
To be separated from God means punishment and destruction from 
His presence. We believe there will be a final separation. 

Matt. 25:32-33, "And before him shall be gathered all nations: 
and he shall separate them one from another as a shepherd divideth 
his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on the right 
hand, but the goats on the left." 

I challenge every born again believer to live your best for the 
Lord, that you might be accepted of Him. 

Brother Eldon Mallow 



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WHAT IS THE QUESTION? 

Mark 1 2:34, "And when Jesus saw that he answered discretely, 
he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no 
man after that durst ask him any question." 

Not long ago, while on the way to a meeting, I drove past a 
billboard on which was printed, "Christ is the Answer." Underneath 
this message of truth someone of dubious character had scrawled, 
"What is the question?" The religious world is confounded by ques- 
tions. Jesus, however, brought the questions to silence. Jesus 
spoke and taught with authority: the authority of Almighty God. 

Whatever the question, Jesus is the Answer. Whatever your 
problem in life, Jesus has the answer. The Christian Experience is 
not a set of doctrines, but a person, Jesus Christ. You may try to 
reform yourself and conform to a set of rules, but this is not salva- 
tion. Salvation is exclusively found in Jesus Christ. There is no 
other way to God. 

Moses said to God, as recorded in the book of Exodus, "Shew 
me thy Glory." We are told that the glory of the Lord is found in 
Jesus Christ. II Corinthians 3:18 says, "But we all, with open face 
beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the 
same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 
May God help us to daily search out His riches, and seek His face 
in all that we do. He will be the answer to all our questions, and by 
trusting in Him supply all our needs. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 15, 1938 

MOVING ON 
Zora Montgomery 

(< How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, 
follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." 

There are two roads, both leading in opposite directions from 



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each other. One to eternal life and glory, the other to death and 
everlasting punishment. If we desire eternal life, we should make 
sure that we are on the first road. Then we should keep busy fol- 
lowing God's directions. We should stand still only long enough to 
make sure that we do not move ahead of God. 

We are on one of the two roads. We are either building up, or, 
we are tearing down. It is well for us to frequently examine our lives 
by looking to God's word and see if we are keeping His command- 
ments in the way He commanded us to do. If we really love God, 
we will want to please Him in every way we can and know how. 

"He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is 
that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, 
and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him." (John 14:21 .) 
Please turn to your Bible and read the following verses also: 

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great 
a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin 
which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race 
that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of 
our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, 
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne 
of God." (Heb. 12:1-2.) 

It is hard for us to move on in the right direction if we are trying 
to carry along the things of the world. It is too much of a drag on us. 
We do not have the promise that God will help us when we load 
ourselves down with these trifling things. We have the promise in I 
Cor. 1 0:1 3 that God will not allow us to be tempted above that which 
we are able to bear but with the temptation will also make a way to 
escape. This is when we flee from idolatry and are looking to Jesus 
as our guide. 

In Matt. 12:28-30 we have the great invitation for all that labor 
and are heavy laden to come to Him, take His yoke upon us and 
learn of Him, and we shall find rest for our souls, for His yoke is 
easy and His burden is light. But we must come to Jesus whole 
heartedly if these promises are to be ours. "And whatsoever you 
do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men." (Col. 4:23.) 

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one 
and love the other; or else he will hold to one and despise the other. 



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Ye cannot serve God and mammon." (Matt. 6:24.) 

If we are neglecting to do anything we know Jesus would be 
pleased to have us do, we are simply inviting Satan into our lives. It 
pleases Satan to have us neglect a few of these things. That is his 
first step into our lives. By and by he will have us to neglect more 
things, but he will not likely want us to neglect all. He will possibly 
want us to do some things to make it appear that we are serving 
God. That is one of his ways of deceiving the mass of people. 

He plans various ways to get himself worked into the lives of 
people. To live the Christian life is not easy as some would tell us. 
"And he said unto them all, If any man will come after Me, let him 
deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me." (Luke 
9:23.) It takes striving. "Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many 
I say unto you, will seek to enter in and shall not be able." (Luke 
13:24.) 

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, 
to visit the fatherless and the widows in their affliction, and to keep 
himself unspotted from the world." (James 1 :27.) Certainly to keep 
one's self unspotted from the world, it would be necessary to keep 
God's commandments. This verse includes that we are to have 
love and live for those about us. It is one of His commandments 
that we should love one another. 

According to I Kings 1 8, it seems that in Elijah's time the people 
were at times serving Baal and at other times they were trying to 
serve the true God. "And Elijah came to the people and said, How 
long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: 
but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a 
word." 

A test was made of calling upon Baal and followed by calling 
upon the true God. After no answer came from calling upon Baal, 
and then when the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the sacrifice 
Elijah had offered to God, and the stones and the water and all 
about it, the people fell on their faces and said, "The Lord He is 
God, the Lord He is God." 

"Today is God's time to be saved." Will tomorrow be any easier 
for us? No, by tomorrow Satan will still have more obstacles in our 
way for us to overcome. NOW is the opportune time. A certain 



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proverb is, "The road of Bye and Bye leads to the town of Never" 

We read in Joshua 24:14 that Joshua told his people to serve 
the Lord, but he further says in verse 15, "And if it seem evil unto 
you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; 
whether the Gods which your fathers served that were on the other 
side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye 
dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." 

To what extent would Daniel have succeeded had he not re- 
mained steadfast through all opposition and trials? We read in Daniel 
6:1 that when Daniel knew that a decree had been signed against 
him praying to his God, that he went as he did aforetime and kneeled 
three times a day, praying to his God. Daniel followed God's direc- 
tions and not man's. "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of 
Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him 
also shall the son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory 
of his Father with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38.) 

Will you now please read Matt. 7:21-27 and see who it is that 
shall enter the kingdom of heaven and who it is that work iniquity, 
and also about the house that was built upon a rock and the one 
that was built upon the sand. If we have our eyes and ears wide 
open to the word of God and are following the directions of the Holy 
Spirit, regardless of people's opinion, we have the right foundation. 

One of Jesus' disciples at one time asked Him how they could 
know the way. "Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth and the 
life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me." (John 14:6.) We 
read in John 14:12 and a part of verse 13 that Jesus told His dis- 
ciples, "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear 
them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will 
guide you into all truth." But we cannot expect this Spirit of truth to 
guide us unless we are willing to do the things we already know to 
do. The Holy Spirit cannot guide us unless we follow. 

My subject is "Moving On " However, there are times when we 
should be still. There are times when obstacles are in our way to 
hinder us from going on in the right direction. 

Sometimes we may want to go on so fast that these obstacles 
will hide our view from Jesus. There are times when we are to be 



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still and look to Jesus, for Him to tell us what to do. We should 
never want our own way so much that we will try to get ahead of the 
Lord. We should wait for His guidance. "Be still and know that I am 
God." 

When the children of Israel saw the Egyptians coming after them 
they began to murmur. "And Moses said to the people, Fear ye not, 
stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to 
you today; for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see 
them again no more forever." (Ex. 14:13.) 

When the great army of Ammon and Moab came against Judah, 
we read in II Chron. 20, that the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel 
and he said, "Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, 
stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah 
and Jerusalem: fear not nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against 
them: for the Lord will be with you." (verse 17) Please read on and 
see how, by the people trusting in God, that God fought for them. 

We become so fearful at times and forget God and try to go on 
in our own strength. Paul wrote, "I can do all things through Christ 
which strengtheneth me." (Phil. 4:13.) "For by grace are ye saved 
through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." (Eph. 
2:8.) We should think more of what God has done for His people 
through all the ages, what He has already done for each one of us, 
and how He gave His only Son to die on the cross that those who 
believe on Him might have everlasting life. (See John 3:16.) But 
how can we believe unless we think and do His commandments? 

We may stand at the bus station. We see the buses coming in 
and going out. One may be headed for San Francisco. One may 
be for New York. We may desire to go to one of these cities. We 
believe that the bus will take us there. The driver will also tell us 
whether or not we are getting on the right bus. But unless we get 
on and abide by the rules we will not get there. 

Simply desiring and saying we believe will not take us where 
we want to go. "Blessed are they that do his commandments, that 
they may have right to the tree of life, and enter in through the gates 
into the city." (Rev. 22:14.) 

"How long halt ye between two opinion? If the Lord be God, 
follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. 



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ETERNITY 

The dictionary defines, "ETERNITY" as being without begin- 
ning or ending. It is always eternally. In a former article I discussed 
TIME as a wee bit of eternity that has been given to man. I believe 
it has not been given to man to be able to define how great the 
eternity of time is and by whom it is controlled. It always has been 
and always will be. It reminds me of a great continuos circle that 
never stops, but continues on and on, round and round, never end- 
ing, with ELOCHIM the creator of the universe in charge. 

When we are born into this world it is for a purpose. I believe 
the Scriptures bear this statement out that that purpose is to please 
God. To please Him will mean being able to share His eternal king- 
dom with Him. If we rebel and disobey His laws we shall also share 
eternal punishment in the lake of fire and brimstone with Satan and 
his followers. Our decision in this life will make a lot of difference in 
what will happen to our immortal being beyond the grave. It be- 
hooves us to be very careful in our lives, our faith, our conduct, our 
influence, our daily Bible study, our appearance, our speech, the 
company we keep, and our every day acts. Satan is always present 
to entice with his lustful plans that will most please our carnal na- 
tures. 

As parents and grandparents and friends we have a great re- 
sponsibility to set good examples for our family, friends and all people 
we meet. We should be careful to guard against sinful company. 
We may be more able to overcome sin than the younger genera- 
tion, who do not see the fallacy and thus are drawn into sin by our 
actions. It used to be said that one generation thinks of sin, the 
next generation talks of sin and the next generation does the sin. 
Anymore it does not require that many generations to make a sin- 
ner. Man seems to be sin doomed. 

The Bible says bring up a child in the way which he should go 
and when he is old he will not depart from it. The things we do 
makes more of an impression on another than what we say. All that 
we do or say should be as the Bible teaches us to do or say. I 
believe that with every conception a soul is given that will live on 
and on, eternally, somewhere. Parents and everyone else con- 
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take seriously. They should study to be approved unto God, so the 
little souls God has committed to their trust be not committed to the 
fire and brimstone furnace. 

Eternity. What does it mean to us all? I am afraid it is being 
considered too lightly while we enjoy this life and try to accumulate 
riches. These riches will be only for this life. They will be burned up 
with the wicked when Christ comes and turns the earth and the 
heavens into an inferno of destruction to put an end to all sin. 

Narrow is the gate and straight is the way that leads to glory, 
but wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, 
and many there be that travel thereon. Matt. 7:13-14. Almost the 
whole world is hustling and bustling down the wide road that leads 
to destruction, to the roaring hot lake of fire. The Prophet Isaiah 
said, in Isa. 5:14-15, that it would be enlarged in order to hold the 
people that will be going there. If they are burned up and discarded 
in a little while as some think and teach, there would be no need to 
enlarge the lake of fire. 

If you have been led to believe such teachings you had better 
study the Bible again while you have opportunity or you are likely to 
awaken with a big surprise. If my belief is wrong I still have nothing 
to fear. So be on the safe side and believe that "eternal" and "ever- 
lasting" mean just that — nothing more nor less. God's Word will go 
on forever as written. 

With our timewise minds we cannot think of anything without 
beginning or ending. We will just have to let all wisdom up to the 
One who has all wisdom and knowledge and understanding, and 
law which does not change. Great and unbelievable things are in 
the future for all of us — good and bad. Are we ready to face the 
future life? ETERNITY?? ETERNITY. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Hwy. 
Oakland, MD 21550 



A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into every thing she says to a man 
and takes a grain of salt with every thing he says to her. 



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OUR SATURDAY NIGHT 

Ideal Parents 

J. H. Moore 

We are told of a devout minister who seldom preaches from the 
pulpit, though called to the ministry many years ago. He raised a 
large family, and all of his children, though grown, have the utmost 
confidence in him. They know their father to be an honest, truthful, 
consistent and pious man. In their meditations they would never 
dream of calling in question the moral or Christian conduct of their 
father, for he has lived such a frank and open life before his children 
that they know him most thoroughly. All through life he has taken 
his children into his confidence and all parties came to have perfect 
confidence in each other. 

While the man has never been able to impress the people with 
the thought that he possessed the ability to preach, still he has, 
under all circumstances, whether at home or abroad, whether in 
the country or in the city, whether managing his forces on the farm 
or dealing with the merchants, behaved himself like a pure-minded, 
consecrated minister of the Gospel. There are scores among his 
best friends who question his ability to fill the pulpit in a creditable 
manner, but all concede the fact that the man's life measures up to 
the very highest standard of the most eloquent, influential and 
learned in the pulpits of the country. There are thousands who can 
easily excel him in the pulpit, but there are few, if any, who can 
excel him in living the Christlife. 

As an ideal man for the pulpit he would receive few votes, even 
in his own congregation, where he is so well known and highly re- 
spected, but as a model Christian man he would receive the en- 
dorsement of all the people in his community, even those of other 
persuasions. He lacks in ability as a public expounder of the great 
truths of the Bible, but in faithfulness he fills the gospel measure to 
perfection. The man is no scholar; he is not even a gifted thinker, 
and yet his manner of life is as beautiful and as entertaining as a 
poem. 

His wife is also an aged saint, with moral, religious and moth- 
erly attainments second to none. She is held in high esteem alike 
by her children and neighbors. These two aged people have lived 



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together as husband and wife more than sixty years. They have 
had their trials and reserves, but it is said,— and no one who knows 
them doubts the statement,— that during their married life neither 
has ever spoken an unkind or hasty word to the other. They have 
plenty of temper. They are from families noted for the fire and vim 
in their make-up, yet the love, respect and very high regard they 
have for one another have enabled them to keep their tempers com- 
pletely in hand. In this they have acted wisely, not alone for their 
own good, but for the good of their children. 

Not many children, if asked to do so, could truthfully affirm that 
they never heard either of their parents utter an unkind or hasty 
word to the other. Thrice blessed are the sons and daughters who, 
all through life, can feel that their parents lived a life so worthy of 
commendation. They may not be able to refer to them on account 
of special attainments in scholarship, wealth, or popularity, but they 
can always feel honored for the reason that they made the Chris- 
tian life an eminent success. 

No more helpful heritage can be passed down to children than 
the nobility acquired by living on a high moral and religious plane. 
Children may waste the money or even tarnish the good name that 
falls to them, but they can never get away from the uplifting and 
purifying influences of devout parents who live the ideal life. They 
may forget the comrades of early life; they may even forget the 
scenes of childhood, but time can never remove from their souls 
the clearly-defined impressions made by the godly father and the 
angelic mother. 



GO 

"And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed." 
Luke 17:14. 

Jesus often gave those He would heal a task to perform in or- 
der to test their faith. He was not the first to do this. Elisha told 
Naaman to wash in the Jordan to be healed of his leprosy. He 
complained, but he finally did as Elisha said. These lepers begged 
for mercy and were very willing to do as they were told. He told 
them to go and show themselves to the priests. Not a very difficult 
task, but indeed not one that would draw attention to the lepers. 



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As Naaman balked at washing in the muddy old Jordan, we 
often balk at the tasks we are given. Obedience has always been 
the key to an experience with Jesus Christ. As they went, the lep- 
ers were cleansed. We are told in scripture to wait upon the Lord, 
but often our answer comes when we are in the middle of obeying 
Him. 

Do we find ourselves stuck somewhere along the road of life, 
not going backward, but certainly not advancing either? It is usu- 
ally not difficult to remember where we have halted in our progress. 
Many today are not progressing in the way because they have not 
followed the spirit's urgings. 

The whole point to our following Jesus is that He has already 
made the supreme sacrifice for us. Most of His commands to us 
compared with what He did for us are very insignificant, yet our will 
and our desires often cause us to think otherwise. 

What has Jesus told you to do? What has He told you to give 
up for Him? Chances are you already know and have not followed 
through. The woman taken in adultery was told to "go and sin no 
more." Jesus told the leper that returned to Him, "Arise, go thy way: 
thy faith hath made thee whole " He was told again to go, and we 
can be assured that the second time he hesitated even less than 
the first. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Rd. 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? 

(Read II Thessalonians chapter 2) 

The year is 1 998. Just two more years and it will be the dawn of 
a new century. This sounds like the beginning of a futuristic novel 
but it will be a reality by the time you read this. 

The market for books purporting to reveal the future has mush- 
roomed into a million dollar industry. Books full of speculation and 
sensationalism are being offered through radio, television, maga- 
zines and mailings. Unfortunately, much of this material contains 
three elements that we believe to be contrary to the Word of God. 



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Many of the modern day prophets are teaching that a great 
revival will precede the second coming of Jesus Christ. However, 
within our study chapter we find these words, "Let no man deceive 
you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a 
failing away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdi- 
tion:" The extreme emphasis on a future anti-christ, which may 
very well become a reality, has caused a loss of concern about the 
spirit of anti-christ that invaded the earthly church soon after the 
death of the last apostle. 

Within the boundaries of the purported great revival is often 
found the ecumenical spirit. We read in the study chapter, "For the 
mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will 
let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall the Wicked be 
revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, 
and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose 
coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and 
lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in 
them that perish; because they have received not the love of the 
truth, that they might be saved " 

The words "Let" and "letteth" refers to restraining. While "he" 
that restrains is not revealed, we believe this is a reference to the 
Holy Spirit. According to our understanding, The Holy Spirit will 
help to restrain the powers of evil until the final consummation of 
the Church. In the meantime, we are told that many will fall victim 
to the lies of the anti-christ. We do not believe this is a reference to 
those who are outside the realm of religious persuasion, but to those 
who look upon themselves as being religious. Many of these indi- 
viduals think they are saved but are not because they received not 
the love of the truth. "And for this cause God shall send them strong 
delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned 
who believed not the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 

This brings us to the third, and final, element that we see to be 
contrary to the Word of God. That is acceptance of mixing with the 
world and all its allurements. The dire warning within our study 
chapter, "therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which 
ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle," is not only 
often ignored but many times ridiculed by modern day prophets. 



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So what does the future hold? It has been stated many times 
that the last hundred years or so has brought more changes than 
the previous eras of history. We have no doubt that the next cen- 
tury, should the Lord tarry His return, will bring about many more 
amazing inventions and discoveries. 

What does the future hold for the Dunkard Church? Signs of 
change have already appeared. The Bible Monitor has gone from a 
bi-monthly to a monthly publication and has increased its size. The 
outward appearance of many of our members has changed. An- 
nual Conference has changed the rules, some for the good we are 
sure. We expect more change in the future. 

Does our change, along with the rest of the earthly church, go 
contrary to Holy Scripture? Has the emphasis on church growth 
caused us, along with many other groups, to fail to watch out for the 
apostasy, or falling away, that the Bible warns us about? 

Have we unawares been caught up in the modern ecumenical 
movement that refuses to speak out against false doctrine for the 
cause of a false unity? Have the cults and higher criticism had an 
effect on our thinking? 

Have we unwittingly joined those who love not the truth? Do 
we ridicule the traditions that have brought us closer to Christ and 
the Bible? Have we gone so far as to join those who actually ridi- 
cule Bible teachings? If so our future is bleak. 

Those redeemed can look to a future with Christ. He will return 
again a second time. To separate second coming theology from 
practical living and Bible obedience results in catastrophe. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

WHAT SHALL ! DO WITH THE COMMANDMENTS OF 

JESUS? 

The Bible is a great book given by a great author, containing 
great truths. For convenience in study, it may be variously divided. 
We may study it by authors, by subjects or books; you may con- 



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sider it in the light of history, prophecy or poetry; or look at it as 
consisting of facts, commandments and promises. These are all 
good divisions. Let us take a look at the last, — facts, command- 
ments and promises. As each has a distinguishing characteristic 
peculiar to itself, let us take but one of the three, viz., command- 
ments, for our study. 

What is it that distinguishes a commandment from a fact or a 
promise? Let us see. "And seeing the multitudes, he went up into 
a mountain." Matt. 5.1. This is simply a statement of what hap- 
pened - a fact. What shall I do with it? Believe it. Again, "I will not 
leave you comfortless; I will come to you." John 14:18. This is a 
statement of something that was to be: it was a promise to the 
disciples and also to us. As a promise it gives me something which 
I may hope to enjoy. Again, "Love your enemies." Matt. 5:44. This 
statement differs from the preceding; it is a commandment. It is not 
a promise for which I may hope; and simply to believe that Christ 
said it, is not enough. It enjoins something upon me; it asks that of 
me which requires obedience. So we have facts to believe, prom- 
ises to realize, commandments to obey. Take from them these char- 
acteristics and you destroy that for which they are designed. 

Obedience to God's commandments is reasonable, disobedi- 
ence unreasonable. God is all-wise; he showed his wisdom in cre- 
ating man with a will free to choose his own course. He is just; he 
showed his justice both in warning man that partaking of the forbid- 
den fruit meant death, and in punishing man for his sins. He is love; 
he showed his love in offering his only Son as a ransom for our sins. 
God, possessing wisdom to an infinite degree, must know what is 
for man's good much better than man himself; and when he gives 
any commandment it can be given only as an outgrowth of his love 
towards us. To live neglectful of his will and disobedient to his com- 
mandments is to deny that he has these attributes which we have 
just mentioned. Sometimes pupils disobey their teachers; employ- 
ees, their employers; and subjects, their rulers, — because unjust 
things are required. Will you, dear reader, disobey God on the same 
grounds? 

What does Christ say on this point? "Ye are my friends, if ye do 
whatsoever I command you." John 15:14. The desire for friends is 



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natural; it is universal. The choosing of a friend is a matter of prime 
importance, for one must partake of the nature of those with whom 
he associates. As we sing, 

"What a friend we have in Jesus, 

All our sins and griefs to bear" 

do we remember his words, "Ye are my friends, if you do whatso- 
ever I command you"? Well we may sing of him as the sinner's 
friend when we recall his words of compassion for her whom all 
would stone; his weeping over Jerusalem as he looked down upon 
it, and his prayer on the cross for those mocking and crucifying him. 

Again, "If ye love me, keep my commandments" John 14: 15; "If 
a man love me, he will keep my words," John 1 4:223; "If ye keep my 
commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my 
Father's commandments, and abide in his love," John 15:10. The 
one thought underlying these sayings is, that the man who truly 
loves Christ is obedient to his teachings. We often think of how we 
love the Saviour and tell it to others, wholly forgetting that he has 
given to the world this very simple test by which they may know 
where we stand. There is a tendency in human nature at times to 
neglect what seem to be trivial matters. Like King Saul, we are very 
apt to presume that the Lord does not mean just what he says, 
losing sight of the fact that "to obey is better than sacrifice." This 
evidently shows that obedience is a test of character, a proof to all 
of how much we really love Jesus. Reader, if you love him, remem- 
ber his words, "Keep my commandments." Remember also that 
obedience is a natural outgrowth of love. 

What is this life for? Are we born merely to live our few short 
years and then pass away forever? Oh, no! We are heirs to more 
worlds than the one; the world to come is ours too; the unseen 
world to which this life is the stepping-stone. This life is the school 
in which we are to prepare for the one to come; obedience is the 
lesson we need to learn. Since we are impure and sinful, unfitted 
for heaven, it behooves us to remember the words of I Pet. 1 :22, 
"Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth...." Are we 
very far from pure? We do well to remember that the Bible through- 
out contains the highest teachings the world has ever seen, and 
that those who followed it most closely have been the noblest and 



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purest. The fruits of obedience, considered merely for this life, are 
great. But that is not all - obedience is closely connected with sal- 
vation. "Not every one that saith into me, Lord, Lord, shall enter 
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father 
which is in heaven." Matt. 7:21 . Again, "And why call ye me, Lord, 
Lord and do not the things which I say?" Luke 6:46. Evidently two 
classes are here spoken of, those that say and those that do. 

Read the verses following these references and see to which 
class you belong. Are you the wise or the foolish man? If Christ 
does mean what he says here, what, oh, what will be your doom if 
you obey not his holy will! "What shall be the end of them that obey 
not the gospel of God?" I Pet. 4:1 7. Do these words refer to you? 
Yes, you must be judged by them. "He that rejecteth me, and 
receiveth not my words, hath one that judged him: the word that I 
have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 1 2:48. 
This word which is to be your judge will stand forever. "Heaven and 
earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away." Matt. 
24:35. This Word is the only written revelation we have from God; 
we have not even the promise of another. Not only this, but an 
awful curse is pronounced against those who take any from or add 
to this revelation. "If any man shall add unto these things, God shall 
add unto him the plagues that are written in this book; and if any 
man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, 
God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the 
holy city and from the things which are written in this book." Rev. 

22:18, 19. Disobeying is either taking away or adding to, and it may 
be both. 

Reader, with these truths staring you in the face, what will you 
do? Are you so, keeping all the Saviour's commandments, that you 
can be favorably judged by his Word? Will you not take the Gospel, 
read it, study it, and pray God for a desire and a disposition to obev 
it? 

Because he loved you, he gave it; because you love him, obey 
it, that you may be a true follower, known to all. The good disciple is 
ever asking, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" While he knows 
it is his duty to obey, yet, because he trusts the Master implicitly he 
thinks of it more as a glorious privilege given to him. His obedience 



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is not one of fear and punishment; it is cheerful, loving, entire — as 
the servant of Christ he does the will of God from the heart. Eph. 
6:6. 

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TO WHOM SHALL WE LISTEN? 

Paul M. Landis 

The voice of authority? 

What you and I personally think amounts to very little because 
there is little or no authority to make the world of people account- 
able to what we think, decide, or declare. For the most part, people 
can ignore it and suffer little, if any, for doing so. 

But there is one voice of absolute authority. This voice has 
declared and brought into being the laws of gravity, cold, heat, light, 
darkness, and all the other laws of nature. If we ignore these, we 
suffer, perhaps even unto the point of death. 

These laws are the laws of God. His voice brought them into 
existence. His voice sustains them. Man cannot change them. 
Man must work with them or suffer the consequences. 

There are other laws of God which are not so obvious to man. 
But they are just as unalterable as are the laws of nature. Further, 
every man will be answerable to God in reference to these laws as 
well. The consequences are just as certain. 

The laws to which we refer here are the laws that God has 
declared for the governing of man's conduct. They constitute right 
and wrong. 

All conduct has moral implications. In God's sight it is either 
right or wrong. For every decision man makes, he is answerable to 
God. The right and wrong of all human relations is finally and eter- 
nally governed by God. In the end of all things, man will answer to 
God for all things. 

God has given numerous laws to man by way of His Word, the 
Bible. These are unalterable. Moreover, every man will give an- 



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swer to God for these laws which are very basic to man's eternal 
welfare and his relationship to the God of heaven and earth. 

The first of these is, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die." (Ezekiel 
1 8:4). Sin is a breaking of God's law or commandment. Tor who- 
soever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is 
guilty of all." (James 2:10). The history of mankind is a selfish 
independence that denies God and His sovereignty. For this rea- 
son God has put all men under eternal condemnation, with the dec- 
laration that all such shall be cast from His presence eternally They 
are to be tormented day and night forever with the devil and his 
angels. The sentence is sure and man can do nothing to alter or 
cancel it. 

The second law is that "There is one God, and one mediator 
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus: Who gave himself a 
ransom for all." (I Timothy 2:5-6). God provided this ransom for 
helpless man to redeem him from the sentence of eternal damna- 
tion (John 3:16). 

God also declares: "Be not deceived; God is not mocked," and, 
"Let no man deceive you with vain words." We may reason our way 
through what seems like an accepted and safe course to follow. 
We may listen to what others have reasoned out similarly. "But 
know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judg- 
ment." (Ecclesiastes 11:9). 

Turn to God through Jesus Christ now. Believe God. Repent of 
your pride and rebellion against His laws. Trust Jesus to save you 
and lead you in His perfect will unto the end. Seek fellowship with 
the true believers in God. 

Selected by Paul E.Zumbrun 

MY TEST 

Irene Stout 
I am taking a test 
Of my life here on earth 
Since I accepted Christ 
And received second birth. 



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Here are questions I ask- 
Do I still love His Word? 
Am I much happier 
Since He is my Shepherd? 

Is my faith still as strong 
As it was years ago? 
Does my light shine brightly 
So others see it glow? 
Do I pray as often 
As the Lord wants me to? 
Do I ask for wisdom 
And His way still pursue? 

Am I kind to others 
And share when there's need? 
Do I have compassion 
And sow only good seed? 
Is there peace in my heart 
And do I my voice raise, 
Singing hymns to my Lord, 
Daily giving Him praise? 

Do I thank Him enough 
For blessings He's given? 
And do I look forward 
To a home in heaven? 
Am I still determined 
To press toward His goal, 
Where at last, there is rest 



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For my poor, weary soul? 

Do I ask forgiveness 

Of any I offend, 

If it be enemy, 

Brother, sister, or friend? 

Does everlasting life 

Fill me with a desire 

To patiently serve Christ 

Through chastisement and fire? 

Am I bringing forth fruits 
And laying up treasure, 
So when I get to heav'n 
I'll have beyond measure? 
Do I want salvation 
For my soul bad enough 
That I will deny self 
And Satan I'll rebuff? 

The Lord knows the answers 
To these questions above. 
He knows if I've been true, 
If I'm filled with His love. 
The Lord knows all my past; 
He knows my future, too. 
Oh, may I not do deeds 
Displeasing to His view. 
-Selected 



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NEWS ITEM 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Mechanicsburg Congregation recently decided to make the 
Mohler Meetinghouse their permanent home. It can be seen on 
Route 15 which runs through the town, and it lies on the old 
Gettysburg Road, which runs parallel to Route 15. Coming from 
the south take the Rossmoyne Road/Wesley Drive Exit off 1 5, make 
a left onto Rossmoyne Road and another left onto the Old Gettysburg 
Road. The meetinghouse is on the left after you travel about one- 
half mile. Coming from the north you will exit onto Rossmoyne 
Road and make a left onto the Old Gettysburg Road. All are wel- 
come to attend worship every Sunday morning at 9:30. 

Sister Ruth N. Miller, Cor. 
A note from the Editor 

The Editor and his family would like to thank all who have re- 
membered us with greetings during this holiday season. Although 
these greetings have not been answered they certainly have been 
appreciated. We would want to express our thanks for the many 
prayers offered in our behalf. It would be impossible to compile 
these issues without your continued prayers. 

At the beginning of this new year, it would be a good time for all 
to resolve to contribute to the Bible Monitor. To have a monthly 
paper full of original articles, it is necessary that several contribute 
their pieces. These pieces do not need to be long, nor do they 
need to grammatically perfect. Just write from the heart. Share 
insights you have gained from your many years of faithful Bible Study. 
Others will appreciate what you have to share. The Editor will ap- 
preciate your help in providing original material. 

BILLY SUNDAY'S TRIBUTE TO THE BIBLE 

Twenty-nine years ago, with the Holy Spirit as my guide, I en- 
tered the wonderful temple of Christianity. I entered at the portico 
of Genesis, walked down through the Old Testament art galleries 
where the pictures of Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, 
and Daniel are hung on the wall. 



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I passed into the music room of Psalms where the Spirit swept 
the keyboard of nature until it seemed that every reed and pipe of 
God's great organ responded to the tuneful harp of David, the sweet 
singer of Israel. 

I entered the chamber of Ecclesiastes where the voice of the 
preacher was heard, and into the conservatory of Sharon where 
the Lily of the Valley's sweet-scented spices filled and perfumed my 

life. 

I entered into the business office of Proverbs, and then into the 
observatory room of the prophets where I saw telescopes of vari- 
ous sizes pointed to far-off events, but all concentrated upon the 
Bright and Morning Star which is the King of kings. 

I caught a vision of His glory from the standpoint of Matthew, 
Mark, Luke, and John, and passed into the Acts of the Apostles' 
where the Holy Spirit was doing His work in the formation of the 
infant Church. Then into the correspondence room where sat Paul, 
Peter, James, and John penning their epistles. 

I stepped into the throne room of Revelation, where towered 
the glittering peaks, and caught a vision of the King sitting upon the 
throne in all His glory. And I cried: "All hail the power of Jesus' 
name! Let angels prostrate fall! Bring forth the royal diadem and 
crown Him Lord of all!" 

Selected 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR FEBRUARY 

1998 

February 1 -Truthfulness - II Cor. 4:1-2, Prov. 12:19, Prov. 6:16-19. 

1 . How could we be "handling the Word of God deceitfully"? 

2. Why does the Lord hate a lying tongue? 
February 8 - Twelve Stones For A Memorial - Joshua 4:1-24. 

1 . "The Lord magnified Joshua in the sight of all Israel." Ex- 
plain 

2. What was the purpose of the twelve stones memorial, on 
land?, in the midst of Jordan? 



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February 15 - God Is Ready To Cleanse Canaan - (Joshua 5:1-9 
Homestudy) Joshua 5:10-15. 

1 . Why did God now stop providing the manna? 

2. What purpose did God have in Joshua meeting "the cap- 
tain of the Lord's Host"? 

February 22 - The Importance Of Divine Instruction - Joshua 6:1- 
10. 

1. What was the purpose of Israel marching around Jeri- 
cho, since the Lord had already said unto Joshua, "See, 
I have given into thine hand Jericho"? 

2. Why did Joshua command the people to keep their voices 
silent as they marched around Jericho? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
FEBRUARY 1998 

February 1 - Duty - Luke 9:18-26, Romans 12:1-21. 

1 . Explain the Christian's duty of self-denial. 

2. How can we present our body as a sacrifice while we are 
living? 

February 8 - Our Hearts - Prov. 4:20-27, Matt. 1 5:1 8-20, Luke 6:43- 
49, Rom. 10:1-11. 

1 . How can we keep God's Word in the midst of our heart? 

2. What will reveal the contents of man's heart? 

February 1 5 - The Open Door - John 1 0:7-1 0, 1 4:1-6, Rom. 5:1-11, 
Heb. 10:16-25. 

1 . Why did Jesus say He was the door? 

2. What is the "New and Living Way"? 
February 22 - Hindrances - Gal. 3:1-8, 5:7-9, Heb. 12:1-6. 

1 . Who can hinder us in our Christian walk? 

2. Name some of the weights the Christian must lay aside. 



A little girl was asked to recite the 23rd Psalm. Bravely, she started, 
"The Lord is My Shepard. That's all I want." 



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1 734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

R.5Box97 

Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C.Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Mike Wray, Secretary 
R.5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970 

H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 
1307 S.H.108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St.John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold.OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 

4025 Woodland Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95358 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 



Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Paul Nell 

Woodland Drive 

R6 Box 61 1 9 

Spring Grove.PA 17403-9489 

(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, I A 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 



William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 



Mike Wray 
R 5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, I A 50063 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar.MO 64078 



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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXVI 



FEBRUARY 1998 



NO. 2 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



JESUS CALLS US, O'ER THE TUMULT 

Jesus calls us; o'er the tumult 
Of our life's wild, restless sea, 
Day by day his sweet voice soundeth, 
Saying, "Christian, follow me." 

Jesus calls us from the worship 
Of the vain world's golden store, 
From each idol that would keep us, 
Saying, "Christian, love me more." 

In our joys and in our sorrows, 
Days of toll and hours of ease, 
Still he calls, in cares and pleasures, 
"Christian, love me more than these." 



Jesus calls us: by thy mercies, 
Saviour, may we hear thy call, 
Give our hearts to thine obedience, 
Serve and love thee best of all. 

-Cecil F. Alexander 



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HORSE TRADING 

When we think of those who have a reputation for being pretty 
sharp in their business dealings, we are apt to compare them with 
horse traders. Horse traders, as a group, have not had a very high 
reputation for truthful bargaining. They have been suspected of 
passing off their horse as being younger, stronger, healthier, or more 
eager to work than what they really might be. In the day of horse 
power, it was probably necessary to have this group of men around 
to facilitate the moving of horses to where they were needed. How- 
ever necessary they were, they did not inspire much confidence in 
their neighbors and customers. 

The horse traders' ability to move their sometimes defective 
animals gave them a reputation that was easily transferable to poli- 
ticians. Politicians, being the practitioners of the art of the possible, 
often become horse traders. They are willing to trade their votes. 
Successful politicians are practical men. They figure out what they 
can possibly accomplish rather than what might actually be the ex- 
act need. Then they trade votes to make it happen. They may not 
get all they want but will settle for what they can get. 

Politics and morals differ. The politician settles for what he can 
get through horse trading and compromise. The Christian is guided 
by the unbending righteousness laid out for him in the Word of God. 
The Christian is seeking the application of the whole will of God, 
not just what he can implement through compromise. The practi- 



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cality of politics differs from the righteousness of Christianity. 

Even a horse trader can make a bad deal. He can outsmart 
himself. He may meet another horse trader who can outfox him at 
his own specialty. There is nothing to prevent him from occasion- 
ally being on the wrong end of the deal. 

Many people, who have never had anything to do with the trad- 
ing of horses, have also made some bad trades. It is not in their 
business affairs where they have erred. They have been outfoxed 
and persuaded to trade their souls for that which is a lot less valu- 
able. 

They have been persuaded to believe that the accumulation of 
the world's goods is the most important factor in life. They have 
invested their best efforts, years and strength to the garnering of 
the material objects of this world. They will put in long hours, give 
their finest physical and mental efforts to obtaining the riches and 
possessions that the world has to offer. Property and bank ac- 
counts have more power over their lives than the more important, 
eternal issues concerning God. 

Jesus poses the questions, "For what shall it profit a man, if he 
shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a 
man give in exchange for his soul?" Mark 8:36-37. His questions 
hit at the root of man's choices. These questions should make men 
think about their destiny and its value. Although these questions 
have been before men since the time when Jesus asked them, 
men have continued to make poor horse trades with their souls. 

Profits drive businesses. A business that does not turn a profit 
within a few years will have to close or face bankruptcy. Many people 
face Spiritual bankruptcy because they have forsaken the greater 
profits of life. They have traded their souls for the material riches of 
this world. They have sacrificed their opportunities to store up Spiri- 
tual treasures so they might pursue the lesser treasurers that are 
reflected in the bottom line of the accountant's statement. As a 
business' success is based upon the profits generated by that busi- 
ness, so is a life tied to the Spiritual profit that it generates. 

Satan is a good horse trader. He has no morals in his dealings 
with men. It does not matter to him that he uses unsavory means to 
get the advantage over men. He has persuaded many to forgo the 



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greater profits of following Jesus Christ. In return, they may or may 
not have gained the riches of this world. Whether they have suc- 
ceeded by the world's standards they have lost their souls, which 
are of far greater value than the greatest world fortune. 

Jesus continues to call men to take up His cross and follow 
Him. That does not seem as attractive to men as the pleasures and 
riches with which Satan would allure them. Bearing a cross does 
not look as tempting as owning the goods of this world, but the 
ultimate benefit is far superior. Bearing the cross will lead to eter- 
nal life, while the possessions of this life will decay. They have not 
considered the true consequences of the choice that they must 
make. They have not proven to be effective horse traders. 

What are you willing to trade for your soul? Are you willing to 
make a good deal? Then take up your cross and follow Jesus. 

M.C.Cook 



LETTER FROM AFRICA 

December 7, 1997 

Paul and Mary Stump left Dayton, Ohio at 3:00 P.M. and met 
Verling and Fern Wolfe at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Left at 6:00 
P.M. Plane was half full so we could get some rest. Six hours thirty 
two minutes to Paris. Good flight, four hour layover. Arrived Nairobi, 
Kenya, December 8, 9:30 P.M. Andrew Ockenio and Hosea Ambuda, 
ministers of church at Kapenguria met us at airport. Had reserva- 
tions made at Parklands Shade Hotel which was very nice with 
good beds, mosquito nets and running water. It was $20.00 a night 
with breakfast of juice, fruit, egg, bread, butter, jelly and corn flakes. 
Right after breakfast we ordered our supper because we were go- 
ing to look for a vehicle to buy and apply for church registration. 
Leg of goat, fried potatoes, rice with broth and juice. Bought nine 
passenger, 92 Toyota Diesel white van on Thursday. 

Left Nairobi, Friday A.M. Saw zebra, gazelle and baboons. 
Spent one hour at Nakuru Lamp and Light Mennonite Mission. 
Blessed hour. Stopped at Sister Alvina for delicious meal. Got to 
Andrew's home before dark. Good service Sunday 9:30 A.M. 



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Kapenguria and 4:00 P.M. No electric. Wonderful hospitality and 
fellowship in Andrew's home until Monday, December 22, when we 
moved in house we rented for Scofields. Sisters came to clean. 
Men had to break cement garage entrance and recement to get 
van in. Christmas Day, church at 9:30 A.M. December 26, services 
at Ortum and Chepkornaw churches, Saturday, 2:00 P.M. at 
Lwandete church, Sunday Chesubet 9:30 A.M., 12:30 Kaptallimwa, 
3:00 P.M. Kiptoi. Monday, December 29, traveled to Uganda and 
stayed at Peter Kazosi's home. Peter has a private Christian School, 
360 students, 60 boarding pupils. The men are putting up a dorm 
for students. Picked up Scofields at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, De- 
cember 31 at Entebbe Airport along Lake Victoria. 

Brother Paul and Sister Mary Stump 
Brother Verling and Sister Fern Wolfe 
Brother Tim and Sister Terry Scofield 

AFRICA REPORT 

1-17-98 
Laborers Forth to the Harvest 

We bring forth greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour. 
Christ came forth to bring Salvation to us at this time of year. La- 
borers have been sent forth into Africa to carry the message there. 
We received several extremely poor faxes from Bro. Paul Stump 
and Verling Wolfes and spoke with Bro. Paul several times by phone. 

Pauls and Verlings had a good flight and arrived Dec. 9. They 
arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, and began hunting for a van. Prices of 
new vans had climbed from $30,000 in September to approximately 
$35,000 for what we would consider a very basic model mini van. 
In addition, insurance on a new van would have cost nearly $4000. 
They purchased a 92 Toyota 9 passenger Diesel van for approxi- 
mately $10,500. Several times they had starter trouble and finally 
had the starter replaced. 

After purchasing the van, they then headed for Kagenguria (ac- 
tually Montano) to Bro. Andrew Ochino's place. They stayed there 
a week or so while looking for a place to rent. They rented a nice 
large home for 5000 shillings per month, or $85.00 US. This home 



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on 29 acres, is just outside Montano along the main road. Having 
seen the house when I was over there, I will describe it as best I 
can. It is approximately 200 feet from the road, but has a fence row 
of trees which provides considerable privacy to the house, so that it 
cannot easily be seen from the road (with the new driveway, some 
of the privacy will be lost). It has four large bedrooms (two at each 
end of the house), a large living room and a comfortable dining 
room plus a single car garage. One of the bedrooms has a dress- 
ing room which could be converted to another bedroom. The kitchen 
is huge by Kenyan standards, but is still very small by our stan- 
dards. There are two bathrooms, one complete and the other may 
have enough room for a stool. However, neither bathroom was 
completed. They are in the process, or have installed by this time, 
the telephone, electric, plumbing, water and sewer and put in a 
new drive into the house at this time. The landlord is allowing our 
improvements to be applied to 50% of the rent each month. 

Bro. Tim and Sis. Terry Scofield left Monday, December 29 for 
Africa, and arriving with some of their baggage still in Chicago. 
Please remember them in your prayers, along with Bro. (Sis). Pauls 
and Verlings as they prepare for the work in Africa. The Scofields 
and Pauls and Verlings met in Entebbe, Uganda on Wednesday 
December 31 . Together, they constructed a small addition to a 
school to accommodate services being held by Peter Kazosi and 
Samuel Onijima, who have taken Godfrey Kiiza's place. They re- 
turned to Kenya and are planning to construct several church houses 
in Kenya. There are eight places in which they worship in Kenya, 
several of these being a small mud wall room with a tin roof, which 
are too small to accommodate those in attendance. 

Bro. Scofield went with Bros. Andrew and Hoshea to the church 
in Sondany, the other day, which is a strenuous six hour or so hike 
up a high mountain (1 0,000 - 1 1 ,000 ft?). They stayed over night, 
and returned the next day, very tired. They, Pauls, and Verlings are 
visiting each church location, and have baptized a number of mem- 
bers in both Uganda and Kenya. We have received reports of some 
minor sickness, flu, and so forth since they are there, but nothing 
serious. May God's blessings be on the laborers, and the work in 
Africa. 



African Mission Board 



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NOTES FROM NAVAJOLAND 

The place was China. The time was the late 1940's. Kyle and 
Mary Reed had been serving in the refugee camps which were 
overflowing with destitute and homeless people. It took place dur- 
ing the time of the takeover of China by the communists. Kyle re- 
lated how they did not have a good variety of food to eat while in 
China, but they did have plenty of oatmeal which was infested with 
weevils. He stated that "It helped to eat it with poor lighting as we 
did not see the weevils that way." 

Along with many other workers, Kyle and Mary were asked to 
leave China because of the takeover by communism but something 
had taken place in the heart of these two young people that would 
change their lives forever and have an impact on the lives of others 
in years to come. No longer were the doors open to help the needy 
of China. Before long, the plight of the Navajos was being publi- 
cized. The Navajos also were in need of material assistance as 
well as to hear the Word of God. 

During a visit to Navajoland by Kyle and several others in 1 955, 
Kyle met with a former acquaintance from China who was now a 
missionary to the Navajos. They had previously worked together in 
China. Now the fire which had once burned for the Chinese was 
being kindled for the Navajos. In a very real way we can say that 
the door was opened to the Navajos when it was shut in China. 

The following was an observation of Bro. Kyle Reed in about 
1980: "We worked with the Chinese and found them to be hard 
workers and good people. The Navajos without the Lord are steeped 
in superstition and need to be encouraged and held up. It is up to 
us to hold them up until they can really learn to know the Lord as 
their helper." 

In seeing how the work with the Chinese brought on the work 
with the Navajos, it is of interest to note that anthropologists are 
fairly certain that the Chinese and Navajos are related groups of 
people. The Navajos and Chinese share similarities in language, 
physical characteristics and it is thought that the Navajos migrated 
from the north and possibly across the Bering Strait from Mongolia. 
God works in mysterious ways! 

Brother David Skiles 



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3. Do not make sentences 
too long. A number of short 
sentences are better than a 
long involved sentence, which 
is difficult to punctuate and in 
which the real meaning of the 
writer's thought may be lost. 

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you gather a particular thought 
or thoughts and their proving 
Scripture quotations into para- 
graphs. Set these apart from 
the rest of the article by setting 
in the first line of each para- 
graph about the space of three 
letters 

5. Do not crowd your words 
or punctuation marks close to- 
gether. Do not use slang or ab- 
breviated words such as, "thot" 
for "thought", "2" for "two", "&" 
for "and", "etc." for "and so forth". 

6. Write or type on one side 
of the paper only. Double spac- 
ing of lines is much preferred. 
Do not make the lines the full 
width of the sheet, leave at least 
a one inch margin on each side 
of the sheet. 



7. Use direct quotations for 
the Scripture references. 
Please copy wording and punc- 
tuation just as it appears in the 
King James Version of the Bible. 
Given thus: book, chapter, and 
verse. "Jesus wept." John 
11:35. 



8. Frequent mistakes we 
find: "beleive" for "believe"; 
"recieve" for "receive"; "ore" for 
"or";"&"for"and". 

9. In submitting selected 
material, give the name of the 
author and publication in which 
it appeared, if known, and add 
"selected by" and your name. 

10. To be certain that an 
item is in a certain issue, your 
editor should have this item at 
least thirty days prior to the date 
of that issue. 

1 1 . The Publication Board 
has decided that News Items 
should contain material of gen- 
eral interest to the Brotherhood. 
Therefore items of only local in- 
terest should not be included in 
News Items, such as local Sun- 
day School officers, District 
Meeting delegates, minor local 
church property improvements 
and items, "In Memoriam". 

12. Read these, then write. 



No disaster compares to the devastation of hunger — 
except Spiritual hunger. 



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FIXED COMMUNION DATES 

Third Sat. March - Quinter, KS 

Sat. before Easter - Pleasant 
Home,CA 

First Sat. April - Dallas Center, 
IA 

Fourth Sat. April - West Fulton, 
OH 

Last Sat. April - Grandview, MO 

Last Sun. April - Bethel, PA 

First Sun. May - Waynesboro, 
PA 

Third Sat. May - Dayton, VA 

Third Sun. May - Lititz, PA 

Fourth Sun. May - Shrewsbury, 
PA 

Sat. before First Sun. Aug. - 
Broadwater Chapel, MD 

Sat. before Fourth Sun. Aug. - 
Swallow Falls, MD 

First Sun. Oct. - Walnut Grove, 
MD 

Third Sat. Oct. - Dayton, VA 

Fourth Sat. Oct. - Englewood, 
OH 

Last Sun. Oct. - Bethel, PA 

First Sat. Nov. - Pleasant Home, 
CA 

First Sun. Nov. - Shrewsbury, PA 

Second Sun. Nov. - Lititz, PA 



AUDITING COMMITTEE 

Marvin Lorenz 
P.O.Box 62 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
419-737-2753 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 
717-665-6686 

GOSSIP, BOTH, VERBAL 
AND BY MAIL 

A. Elders, other officials and 
all others are admonished that 
being busybodies in other 
men's matters is contrary to 
Scripture. It should not be in- 
dulged in, as it causes com- 
plaint and interference with the 
spiritual life and work of those 
concerned. This applies espe- 
cially where there may be 
trouble in the church, both to 
local members and those else- 
where, talking and writing about 
those matters. 

B. When advice is sought of 
an official in any church matter 
he (the official) should be ex- 
ceedingly careful in giving ad- 
vice, so as not to interfere in any 
way with proper care of difficul- 
ties, by officials whose business 
they are. Elders and all others 
should, in seeking advice, be- 
gin at home when at all possible 



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and be careful to proceed regu- 
larly and in brotherly love. 

C. In correspondence, care 
should be exercised not to 
make statements that may be 
construed as derogatory to any 
member. If such things are 
done, full responsibility must be 
understood as being assumed 
by the writer. 

D. Caucusing, that is the 
talking over and planning by 
groups, what to do or how to 
move in any particular matter is 
unprofitable, causative of dis- 
tress and trouble and should 
not be indulged in by officials 
or anyone else. 

E. Talking or circulating of 
what was done in council, ei- 
ther to members, who were not 
present, or to outsiders, is ir- 
regular and un-Christian and 
should not be indulged in. 

CIVILIAN SERVICE BOARD 

Ray R. Reed, Chairman 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 

515-992-3031 

Jacob C. Ness, Exec. Sec. 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 
717-741-1607 



Robert Carpenter 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 
317-395-7879 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

209-874-2832 

Milton Cook 

1138 East 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

909-845-6231 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
1 2409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
209-874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretery 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
515-993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
517-458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
717-359-5753 



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Paul Nell David L. Skiles 

Woodland Drive HCR 79 Box 8 

R. 6 Box 61 1 9 Cuba, NM 8701 3 
Spring Grove, PA 17403 

71 7-225-1 663 Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer Fred Pifer 

42 Doe Run Road 1734 240th Street 

Manheim, PA 1 7545 Adel, IA 50003 



515-993-3187 
Dennis St. John 
21397-B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

LOCATION OF CHURCH HOUSES 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

Located on Route 419, five miles east of Bethel, which is one 
mile south of Interstate 78, Exit 6. The Church and school are lo- 
cated together. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, MARYLAND 

Located on Savage River Road in Garrett County, Maryland 

From Cumberland, Maryland, travel west on Interstate 68, 20 
miles to Lower New Germany Road (Exit 24). Turn left or south 
under the Interstate three-tenths mile, turn right on Lower New 
Germany Road. Go 3.8 miles, turn left on Westernport Road. Go 
3.8 miles, turn right on Savage River Road. Go 3.9 miles to church 
on left. 



From Morgantown, West Virginia area travel east on Interstate 
68 to Lower New Germany Road (Exit 24). Turn right, go three 
tenths mile, turn right on Lower New Germany Road and follow 
above directions. 



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Traveling east or west on U.S. Route 50 take U.S. Route 220 
north. Take Maryland Route 135 at McCoole (just north of Keyser, 
West Virginia, on Maryland side of bridge) go seven miles on Route 
1 35 (passing through Westernport and past WESTVACO Paper Mill) 
to Savage River Road. Turn right on Savage River Road, go 12.5 
miles to church on right 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

Dallas Center is located on Rt. 44, twenty-four miles northwest 
of Des Moines. Turn off Rt.44 unto Quinlan Avenue at west edge of 
Dallas Center. The church is located at 2323 Quinlan Avenue, three- 
fourth mile north on the west side of the road. 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

Turn west from Interstate 81 at Harrisonburg Exit #245. Go to 
fourth stop light, Rt.42, turn left to Dayton, 3.5 miles right on Rt. 
257, two blocks. 



ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Twelve miles north of Dayton, Ohio, Rt 40 and Rt 48 cross at 
the center of Englewood. Church house is located on the right of Rt 
48, one block north of this junction. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 

Located on Green Road, one block north of County Rd 130. 
Take U.S.33 or Indiana 15 to Goshen. Turn west at police booth. 
Four blocks beyond bridge, turn right on North Indiana Ave., go one 
block. Turn left on West Clinton Street. Go one mile to Green Road, 
turn right and go one block. The church is located on the east side 
of the road. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Church is located south of Grandview. Take the 
west access road of 71 Highway 1.5 miles south to 139th Street. 



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Turn west and go to second street, turn south one block. 

HART, MICHIGAN 

From Muskegon go north on Rt. 31 to Hart Exit. Go left from 
freeway about 1.5 miles to tee in road. Turn right and go approxi- 
mately one half mile to church on left side of road. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Coming from the south on Route 501 , turn right on Newport 
Road, which is about a mile north of Lititz. Coming from the north 
turn left on Newport Road. Go to second crossroads, turn right. 
The white church is on the right. 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

Mohler Meetinghouse - Located near Route 15 on Old 
Gettysburg Road, south of Mechanicsburg. Coming from the South 
take the Rossmoyne/Wesley Drove Exit off Roite 15. Make a left 
unto Rpssmoyne Road and another left on Old Gettysburg Road. 
The meetinghouse is on the left after you travel about one-half mile. 
Coming from the north you will exit onto Rpssmoyne Road and 
make a left onto Old Gettysburg Road. 

Brightbill Meetinghouse - Located on U.S. Route 322, 2.5 miles 
east of Campbelltown, Pennsylvania in Lebanon County. The meet- 
ing house is a grey limestone building. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 

The Cloverleaf church is located one mile north of U.S. High- 
way #50, four miles west of McClave Junction, or two miles east of 
Hasty, Colorado on U.S. #50, then one mile north. 

MOUNTAINDALE, MARYLAND 

Seven miles north of Frederick, in the little town of Mountaindale, 



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Maryland, from the east go through the town to the west on the 
road from Lewistown to Yellow Springs, two miles from Lewistown 
and three miles from Yellow Springs. If traveling U.S. 15, this road 
crosses 15, a half mile west of Lewistown and six miles south of 

Thurmont. 



PINE RIDGE, MISSISSIPPI 

Located near Collins, Mississippi. From Collins, go east on U.S. 
84 three quarters of a mile to Salem School Road. Turn left and go 
five and one forth miles to intersection, where there is a directional 
sign to the church. Turn left and proceed one mile to the next direc- 
tional sign. Turn right and go one half mile to the church house. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Church is located at 3960 Sharon Avenue, 
Modesto, California. The church's telephone number is 209-524- 
8634. 

Directions: from the south on Highway 99 take the Briggsmore 
Exit to the right and stay on Briggsmore Avenue to Claus Road 
(approximately six miles). Turn left on Claus, one fourth mile to 
Sharon Avenue, turn left on Sharon. The Church is on the left. 

Coming from the north on Highway 99 take the Briggsmore Exit, 
turn left and stay on Briggsmore and follow above directions. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

Located in Williams County, four miles west of West Unity, forty 
rods north of Rt 20 Alternate. Two miles east of junction of Ohio Rt. 
15 and U.S. Route 20 Alternate. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

Route 18 passes east and west through Converse. In Con- 
verse, turn south at stoplight and go three miles. Turn right on black- 
top road and go five miles to Plevna. Or go west of Converse on Rt. 
18 for five miles, turn left and go three miles south. The church is 



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on west side of street near the square of Plevna. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

Located at the corner of Eighth Street and Main Street. 

RIDGE, WEST VIRGINIA 

From Interstate 68, which transverses east and west through 
western Maryland, proceed to Cumberland, Maryland. Take Route 
220 South through Keyser, West Virginia to US 50. (You will need 
to take a left turn to continue following Route 220.) Turn east (left) 
on US 50 and proceed to Ridgeville. Turn right (south) onto Knobley 
Road. 

Follow Knobley Road 7.8 miles (The Antioch Church of God 
will be on your right). Turn left onto Harness Run Road (which is 
unpaved). Keep to the right at the "Y" and proceed 1 .5 miles to the 
Ridge church house on the left. 

Coming from the east or west on US 50, turn south onto Knobley 
Road at Ridgeville, and follow the above directions (from Knobley 
Road to the church). 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

Fourteen miles south of York on Rt 1 1 1 , at the north end of the 
town of Shrewsbury. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

Church address is: 2191 Swallow Falls Road., Oakland, MD 
21 550. Take Maryland Rt. 21 9 North of Oakland 5.5 miles or South 
of I 68, 18 miles to Mayhew Inn Road. West on Meyhew Inn Road 
to the stop sign (4.2 miles). Bear left onto the Oakland- Sang Run 
Road for .3 mile to the Swallow Falls Road. Turn right onto the 
Swallow Falls Road for .3 mile. The Church will be on your left. 



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WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

Church address is: 4000 Kump Station Road.Taneytown, MD 
21787. From Littlestown.PA travel Route 194 south toward Mary- 
land. After crossing PA/MD line (this is shortly after Kingsdale 
Firehouse on right), turn left onto second hard road on your left, 
which is Kump Station Road. Follow this road approximately one 
fourth mile to brick church house on right. 

From Taneytown, MD, take Route 194 north three miles. Turn 
right onto Kump Station Road. Brick church house is on right, ap- 
proximately one fourth mile. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

Church is located in west side of town, on the corner of Ridge 
and Third Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on Fairview Avenue, go 
two blocks and turn left on Third Street, church house is one block. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on U.S. Rt. 20 Alternate, 3.5 miles 
west of the junction of Ohio Rt. 108 and U.S. 20 Alternate. 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

Located in Cherry Valley. Coming north of Beaumont on Beau- 
mont Avenue, turn right on Brookside, go to Jonathan, turn left, go 
one block to Lincoln, turn right and go to church house, which is on 
left side of road. Coming east on 1-10 exit at Cherry Valley Blvd, go 
to end of road at Noble. Turn right go two blocks to Lincoln, turn left 
go to church house on left side of road. Coming wesdt on 1-10 exit 
at Highland Springs Road. Turn right, go to Brookside, turn left, go 
to Winesap, turn right, go one block to Lincoln, turn left. Church 
house is on right side of road. 



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MISSIONS 

CLEARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 

Ward's Church is located in South-Central Pennsylvania about 
halfway between Everett on Rt. 30 and Piney Grove on Rt. 40, about 
six miles south of Clearville. From Everett take Rt. 26 to Clearville. 
At Clearville go straight south, leaving Rt. 26, which turns right. Go 
1 .5 miles, turn right at the fork. Ward's Church is five miles on left 
side of road. Services are held second, fourth and fifth Sundays at 
10:00 AM. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION, NEW MEXICO 

Located 23 miles southwest of Cuba, New Mexico. In Cuba, 
turn on State Highway 1 97. Follow Rt. 1 97 for 1 9 miles to a paved 
road leading to the left. A Mission sign marks this junction. Present 
personnel includes: David and Mildred Skiles; Paul and Sarah Skiles; 
Elaine Hale; and Erin Jamison. Visitors would be wise to notify the 
Mission in advance. Address: HCR 79, Box 8, Cuba, NM 87013; 
telephone: 505-731-2292. Please contact for further information. ' 

AFRICAN MISSION 

Located in Montano, Kenya. Present staff include: Tim and Terry 
Scofield. Address: P.O.Box 658, Kapenguria, Kenya, EA. 

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MINISTERIAL LIST 



ANDREWS, MARK (M) 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, Missouri 64078 
816-779-4204 

AUNGST, DAVID (M) 

R.5Box168 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 1 7063 

71 7-345-6588 

BROSS, SCOTT (M) 
70 Meckville Road 
Myerstown, Pennsylvania 1 7067 
71 7-933-4662 

BURGESS, WAYNE (M) 

Box 82 

Hasty, Colorado 81 044 

719-829-4267 

BYFIELD, PAUL (E) 
2142 240th Street 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-5140 

CARPENTER, ROBERT W. (E) 

R.5 Box 97 ' 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

765-395-7879 



CARPENTER, WILLIAM (E) 
801 2 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Michigan 49256 
517-458-6535 

COOK, MILTON (E) 
1 1 38 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, California 92223 
909-845-6231 

CORDREY, MARK (M) 
1301 Dakota Avenue 
Modesto, California 95358 
209-549-2015 

COVER, RUDOLPH (E) 
2435 Temperate Avenue 
Modesto, California 95358 
209-521-5074 

EBERLY, JAMES D. (M) 

P.O.Box 504 

Terre Hill, Pennsylvania 1 7581 

215-445-4515 

FLORY, HARLEY (E) 
27505 Flory Road, R.4 
Defiance, Ohio 43512 
419-497-3953 



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FUNK, KEVIN (M) 
2417 N Avenue 
Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3319 

GISH, PHILIP (M) 
750 South Hufford Road 
Casstown, Ohio 45312 
937-339-5395 

GUNDERMAN, TERRY (M) 
22358 C.R.1 18 
Goshen, Indiana 46528 
219-875-7155 

HARRIS, OTTO (E) 

HC 75 Box 131 

New Creek, West Virginia 26743 

304-749-7518 

HARTZ, PAUL A. Jr. (E) 
157 North Lincoln Street 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 
717-838-1810 

HEISEY, WILLIAM (E) 
9956 U.S. Route 36 
Bradford, Ohio 45308 
937-448-2560 

JAMISON, DALE E. (E) 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
785-754-3416 

JAMISON, GORDON (M) 

R.1 Box 136 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

785-754-3639 



JAMISON, HERMAN (E) 
R.3 BOX 24-D 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
785-754-3686 

JOHNSON, FREDERICK (M) 
473 Dame Street 
Pettisville, Ohio 43553 
419-445-4976 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-0251 

KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
313 Park Avenue 
Broadway, Virginia 22815 
540-896-3104 

KEGERREIS, JAMES (E) 
220 Narrows Drive 
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 1 7046 
717-274-6619 

LEATHERMAN, CHARLES (E) 

18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

419-337-6593 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (E) 
41 9 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 1 7340 
717-359-5753 

LEHIGH, ROBERT S. (E) 

R.7 Box 7840 

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 

17362 
71 7-225-4928 



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LITFIN, GALEN (E) 
1408 E. 7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2876 

LORENZ, LLOYD (M) 

R.7 Box 96 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

765-473-5045 

MALLOW, ELDON (E) 

R.1 Box 21 

Clearville, Pennsylvania 15535 

814-784-3488 

MARKS, MARLIN (E) 

3027 Acorn Lane 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356 

717-246-9193 

MARKS, RONALD L. (M) 
1813 North 136th Avenue 
Hart, Michigan 49420 
616-873-2113 

MEYERS, JAMES (E) 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3947 

MYERS, DENNIS (M) 
2395 268th Lane 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-5357 



NELL, PAUL L. (E) 

Woodland Drive 

R.6Box6119 

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 

17362 
717-225-1663 

NESS, JACOB C. (E) 
1 36 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 1 7403 
717-741-1607 

PEFFER, JOHN (E) 
150 Wolfs Bridge Road 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-243-8328 

PIFER, FRED O. (E) 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3187 

REED, HAYES (E) 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, California 95355 
209-523-2753 

REED, JASON (M) 

R.4 Box 66 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 1 7067 

717-866-6489 

REED, RAY R. (E) 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

515-992-3031 



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RENICKER, RODNEY (M) 
6436 Covert Road 
Modesto, California 95358 
209-545-1478 

RICE, DAVID (M) 

4639 Addison-New Carlisle Rd. 

New Carlisle, Ohio 45344 

937-845-2128 

RUSH, HARLEY (E) 
P.O.Box 163 

Converse, Indiana 4691 9 
765-395-3751 

SHAFFER, DEAN E. (M) 
1205 Danielle Drive 
Frederick, Maryland 21703 
301-682-5236 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
13092 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 

17225 
717-597-7282 

SHAFFER, FRANK E. Jr. (E) 
13055 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 

17225 
71 7-597-4730 

SHAFFER, RUDY (E) 

42 Doe Run Road 

Manheim, Pennsylvania 1 7545 

717-665-6686 



SHELLY, EMMERT O. (E) 
460 California Road 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 1 7340 
717-359-4975 

SHELLY, GALEN SCOTT (M) 
537 California Road 
Littlestown Pennsylvania 1 7340 
71 7-359-8899 

SKILES, DAVID L. (E) 

HCR 79 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

505-731-2292 

Skiles, Paul D. (M) 

HCR 79 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

505-731-2300 

SMITH, WARREN C. (E) 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
719-829-4521 

SNYDER, DAVID (M) 
25498 County Rd.LL 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
719-829-4141 

ST.JOHN, DENNIS (E) 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, Ohio 43506 
419-428-2305 

ST.JOHN, THOMAS (M) 
20380 Co. Road R 
Alvordton, Ohio 43501 
419-924-5242 



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STUBER, RAY (E) 
5200 Swamp Road 
Felton, Pennsylvania 17322 
717-246-1116 

STUMP, PAUL (E) 
10340 N. Diamond Mill Road 
Englewood, Ohio 45322 
937-836-6559 

SWEITZER, MERLE (E) 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, Pennsylvania 17322 
717-993-2637 

UPLINGER, WILBUR L (M) 
R.2 Box 59 

Mt.Crawford, Virginia 22841 
540-828-6858 

WALKER, HENRY (E) 
1 2409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, California 95386 
209-874-2832 



WERTZ, LEONARD (M) 

Box 1 78 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

785-754-2390 

WILKERSON, KENNETH (M) 
1260 Pine Grove Road 
Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania 

17026 
717-865-5852 

WOLFE, KENNETH (M) 

R,5 Box 386 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 1 7063 

717-345-8107 

WRAY, MICHAEL (E) 
R 5 Box 98C 
Peru, Indiana 46970 
765-473-6371 



DUNKARD BRETHREN DEACONS 



Andrews, Larry 
Aungst, Dale 
Aungst, Jeff 
Beachler, Steve 
Beck, Justin 
Beeman, Oscar 
Beeman, Steven 
Birt, Harliss 
Bittinger, Lester 



Blocher, Dale 
Blocher, Stephen 
Boone, Barry 
Brooks, Marion 
Burtner, Clair 
Carpenter, John 
Castle, Keith 
Cease, John 
Clayton, Lawrence 



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Eberly, Marvin 
Eberly, Roy 
Flory, Claude I. 
Flory, Marvin 
Franklin, Philip 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, Paul 
Hostetler, Don 
Jamison, Marian 
Jamison, Newton 
Jamison, Tom 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kasza, Tim 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Lichtenberger, Robert 
Litfin, Doyle 
Litfin, Ted 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, Doyle 
Lorenz, Marvin 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Dale 
Meyers, Dennis 
Meyers, John 
Meyers, Lee 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Miller, Kenton 
Miller, Levi H. 
Miller, Lynn H. 



Musselman, Harold 
Myers, Nelson E. 
Myers, Paul B. 
Newman, Dale 
Noecker, Paul Jr. 
Noecker, Richard 
Peters, Ron 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Priest, Duane 
Reece, Dave 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Oty 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschhaupt, John 
St.John, Clifford 
StJohn, Rick 
Sensenig, Glenn 
Siegrist, Tim 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Swihart, Roger 
Wertz, Ivon 
Wertz, Lee 
Wertz, Richard 
Wisler, John 
Wolfe, Verting 
Wyatt, Boyd 



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NEWS ITEMS 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 
Swallow Falls Congregation's Spring Revival is scheduled for 
March 8 through March 15. Bro. Frank Shaffer, Jr. is planning to be 
our evangelist. There will be NO Lovefeast, but we would be glad 
for your presence. Over night company is no problem. Just come. 
May God bless us all. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder, Cor. 

TORREON MISSION NEEDS 

At the last board meeting, it was decided to retire one of the 
mission vans and replace it with a newer model. Two of the vans 
have high mileage on them. In order to maintain a good working 
fleet we will try to replace one within the next few months. We will 
be replacing the 1990 model which has had the most use on the 
school route. We will be looking for a good used van. 

Funds will be needed to purchase this vehicle. It will likely re- 
quire around $15,000.00 to make this purchase. Individuals or 
churches who would like to help with this may send their gift to 
Marian Jamison, Treasurer, Box 100, Quinter KS 67752. Desig- 
nate it for "VAN". We thank you in advance for helping to meet this 
need. 

Brother David Skiles 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Benjamin, son of Brent and Kelly Cottrell, felt the need of yield- 
ing his life to Christ. Pray that his young years will be a blessing of 
the Lord. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

THANKYOU 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

We know our God is an awesome God! 



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Words cannot express how it felt to know that from coast to 
coast prayers were ascending in our behalf and that of our Brianna. 

The unexpected always tends to make you take a step back 
and look at your life with God. He gave us this time to do that and 
grow. 

Before and during Brianna's open heart surgery was a very 
uncertain time for us but we felt a peace and comfort knowing the 
Saints of God were praying for her and our family Thank you so 
much. 

God gave us a miracle in many ways and for that we are truly 
thankful. 

A special thank you to all who encouraged us with cards, tele- 
phone calls, visits and gifts of love. It means so much to be thought 
of at times like this. 

May God Richly Bless You! 

Brother Tim and Sister Valerie Noecker 

HART, MICHIGAN 

Hart Congregation is growing! For that we praise the Lord. There 
have been six births added to our families. They are: 

A daughter: to Timothy and Mary Lou Kasza. Priscilla Reed 
was born Aprils, 1997. 

A daughter: to Ray and Cheryl Noecker. Michelle Danae was 
born April 5, 1 997. 

A son: to Donald and Cora McGhan. Aaron Michael was born 
June 14, 1997. 

A daughter: to Jeremiah and Debra Johnson. Hosanna Joy 
was born June 22, 1997. 

A daughter: to Ronald and Nancy Marks. Naomi Leeann was 
born Septembers, 1997. 

A son: to Kevin and Dorthy Haines. Ezekiel Lamar was born 
November 20, 1997. 

This concludes the news for Hart Congregation for 1997. A 



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blessed New Year to each of you! 

Sister Anna M. Powell, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
MARCH 1998 

March 1 - Endurance - Mark 4:3-8, II Tim. 2:1-10, Heb. 3:5-6. 

1 . How should we endure the hardness of life? 

2. Why did Paul endure all things? 

March 8 - The Walls Of Jericho Fall - Joshua 6:1 1-27. 

1. What was the accursed thing from which the Israelites 
were to refrain? 

2. Why were the precious metals of Jericho taken into the 
treasury of the Lord, but all the animals and people slain, 
except for Rahab's household? 

March 1 5 - Defeat At Ai - Joshua 7:1 -5. 

1 . Why was the anger of the Lord kindled against all the 
children of Israel when only Achan had disobeyed? 

2. Why did the hearts of the people (Israel) melt and be- 
come as water? 

March 22 - Obedience - Psa. 103:17-22, Matt. 6:24, Heb. 13:17. 

1 . What is "The voice of His word" which we are told to "hear- 
ken unto"? 

2. Why is it not possible to obey more than one master? 
March 29 - Joshua Before The Lord - Joshua 7:6-12. 

1 . What did Joshua think was the cause of the Israelites 
defeat at Ai? 

2. Why did God not accept Joshua's and the Elder's repen- 
tance, but instead said "Get thee up; wherefore liest thou 
thus upon thy face"? 



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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

MARCH 1998 

March 1 - Ignorance - Isa. 1:1-9, Isa. 59:1-8, I Pet. 1:13-1 6. 

1 . Why did Israel no longer know her Master? 

2. How can we avoid fashioning ourselves according to the 
former lusts in our ignorance? 

March 8 - Love - 1 Cor. 13:1-13. 

1 . Why must all things be done with charity to be pleasing to 
God? 

2. Explain why charity is greater than faith and hope. 
March 15 -Values - Jos. 24:13-15, Jer. 5:1-4, Rev. 3:14-22. 

1 . What has the Lord given to us for which we did not labor? 

2. Why is it that spiritually we tend to think we "have need of 
nothing", and yet Christ would probably say to us, as He 
did to the Church at Laodicea, "you are wretched, miser- 
able, poor, blind, and naked"? 

March 22 - Our Prayer Life - Dan. 6:10, II Chr. 7:12-15, Matt. 7:7-1 1 , 
Rom. 8:26-34, Matt. 26:40-44. 

1 . What is it that we allow to keep us from praying? 

2. What specific conditions did God say must be met for 
Him to hear and answer our prayers? 

March 29 - Christianity - Rom. 5:1 -1 1 , II Pet. 1 :5-1 1 . 

1 . What does it mean to be a Christian? 

2. How can we make our calling and election sure? 



Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, 

snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, 

only different kinds of good weather. 

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
AdelJA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C.Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Mike Wray, Secretary 
R.5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970 

H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, I A 50003 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St.John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold,OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 

4025 Woodland Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95358 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
1 2409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
801 2 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 



Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Paul Nell 

Woodland Drive 

R6 Box 61 19 

Spring Grove.PA 17403-9489 

(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1 433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 



Mike Wray 
R 5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar.MO 64078 

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VOL. LXXVI 



MARCH 1998 



NO. 3 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



OLORD 



I see the blue sky Lord 

I see the white clouds 
I see the green grass 

And I wonder at how 
You could love someone 

As sinful as me 
And how you could be 

So forgiving 
O give me the strength Lord 

To do what you will 
And send your Holy Spirit 

My mind and soul to fill 
O keep me safe Lord 

Until it's my time to go 
And then I'll be with you Lord 

This I surely know. 

-Brother William Scofield 






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MERCY AND JUDGMENT 

God has ordained the establishment of governments to control 
the evil desires and activities of its citizens. Since the fall of Adam 
and Eve in the Garden of Eden, the nature of the human family has 
been toward doing evil rather than good. Governments use force to 
maintain law and order. 

God established governments for the protection of the good. 
However, in practice, many governments have existed that were evil 
and were used to further the forces of evil. There have been dicta- 
tors, emperors, and others who have ruled only to further their own 
interests. Most governments have tried to encourage good but have 
not always been consistent in their enforcement of the laws. Often 
a country's legal system is not compatible with the expressed will of 
God. Although some Biblical precepts may survive in a nation's 
laws, many have been modified over the years. Some laws are 
totally at odds with Biblical precepts. 

The laws of a country are enacted that they be obeyed by the 
citizens of that country. If those laws are broken, there are penalties 
established for each infraction. Some penalties are monetary, oth- 
ers involve prison time, while the rankest disobeying of the laws call 
forth the death penalty. The severity of the penalty should match 
the severity of the crime. These penalties are imposed not only to 
serve as punishment for crimes committed, but also as deterrents, 
so others will realize the consequence before committing a similar 
crime. 

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These penalties are imposed by the courts, which are dedi- 
cated to the discovery of justice. It is supposed that all will receive 
a fair trial, before a penalty is imposed. In reality, courts may err by 
not providing a fair forum for the presentation of evidence or by 
rushing to judgment without all the pertinent facts. Many guilty per- 
sons have escaped their deserved punishment, while some inno- 
cent people have been convicted of crimes they did not commit. 

The criminal justice system is man's method for dealing with 
sin. God's method is through His unlimited mercy. Although God 
has a law that is stricter than any manmade law, He tempers that 
law with His great mercy. It is easy to be convicted of wrongdoing in 
God's court. As humans we are prone to disobey the will of God in 
all areas of our lives. We are guilty of omitting to do what we should 
do and of committing deeds that should not have been done. Since 
humans are imperfect, they are guilty of sin. 

God does not want His will disobeyed and ignored. He will deal 
with unforgiven sin in the great day of judgment. His wrath will be 
full-blown. There will never have been such wrath and judgment 
meted out as there will be at that time. The judgment of Satan will 
be total. He will be cast into the Lake of Fire for all eternity. Those 
who have followed his direction will have the same penalty imposed. 
It will be a terrible judgment but one deserved for disobeying God's 
Word. Since the Bible has been freely available, there has been a 
warning given to the disobedient. 

The worst part about this judgment is not its severity, but that it 
is totally unnecessary None would need face such a penalty if they 
would throw themselves upon the mercy of God before it is too late. 
God's mercy is available through the outstretched arms of the 
Church. The Church presents God's mercy to the world for the 
acceptance of each one. Unlike the world's courts, which are es- 
tablished to deliver justice, the Church is established to offer mercy. 
Through the presentation of the plan of salvation, mercy will be 
made available to the people of the world, who must face God's 
judgment, otherwise. That mercy is available so none would have 
to face God's wrath and judgment. 

We should be thankful that God's mercy is so freely available. 
We should be thankful that God has intrusted it to the Church, that 



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it might be made known to a world that so desperately needs it. 

This mercy is the mark of Christians in contrast to the civil and 
political jurisdictions around us. Christians, as a forgiven people, 
should desire to extend that same forgiveness to those who sin 
around us. Knowing that we are all apt to fall into some type of sin, 
we should be willing to share forgiveness with those who do fall to 
their particular temptation. 

The government's ordained purpose is to punish those who 
break its laws. The government should offer justice, but the Church 
has been commissioned to offer mercy. Mercy is greater than judg- 
ment, because it is God's mercy brought down to man. 

Have you received God's mercy? Have you shown mercy to 
another? 

M.C.Cook 



"A FRESH START" 

Welcome to the New Year of 1998! With God's help we have 
made it through another year which is reason for heartfelt gratitude. 
Again, God has been good and faithful to His people, to His church, 
to each of us personally! 

As we step across the threshold of a new year there are many 
reflections and ponderings in our hearts and minds. Among these 
is the realization that before us lies the challenge of the steward- 
ship of another year. Looking back over the year that is past, no 
doubt there are some fond memories, happy times, victories won, 
the fulfillment of tasks completed or mountains conquered. And, 
for most of us, if we are honest, there are also some memories we 
would like to erase, or rather, there are some things that we wish 
had never happened! 

Reflecting can be useful and beneficial, but, reality reminds us 
that 1997 is history. Its time has been filled and completed. The 
past year is settled and will not be changed, but the future lies be- 
fore us as a clean new page or a field of new fallen snow. As you 
look ahead and ponder the year, how do you feel? What emotions 
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We all know that a year, though 365 days in length, passes so quickly 
and if the Lord tarries and gives us life, so soon we will be looking 
back on 1998 as it, too, will then be history. 

As we ponder our hopes, dreams and plans for this year, and 
prayerfully consider our call to be good stewards of this time and 
opportunity, how can we make 1998 a year that we can look back 
on with joy and satisfaction, and one that honors the Lord and fur- 
thers His kingdom? 

Our God chose to start His Book with the words, "In the begin- 
ning, God..." If we are to end the year walking with and living for 
God, we must begin the year with Him! Jesus said, "But seek ye 
first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things 
shall be added unto you." (Matt. 6:33) 0, how easy it is to get these 
in a reverse order! God wants us to know that for this year to be 
one of fulfillment and victory, we must have priorities starting with 
His will, His Word, His wisdom, His ways. 

As the Apostle Paul came near the end of his life, he said, "I 
have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the 
faith." Paul was not bragging. This was a statement of satisfaction, 
purpose, and victory! He had faithfully run the race, done the Father's 
will. But, I am convinced that he could have never made that state- 
ment at the end of his collective years if he was not able to say it at 
the end of his individual years. Neither will we! If God gives us this 
year, if it is to become a year lived for Him, then we must make 
each minute, hour, day and week, time that is lived for Him! 

Life is fleeting, thus we must squeeze the most from each mo- 
ment! Make each day count for time and eternity. Yesterday is gone 
and tomorrow may never come, but we have this moment, we have 

today! 

It has been said, "We never seem to do today, what we yester- 
day planned to do tomorrow, and we'll wish tomorrow we had done 
yesterday." Therefore we should "Live today like you planned yes- 
terday to live today and live today like you will wish tomorrow you 
had lived yesterday." 

I will close with a challenge to each of us. Let's pick one area of 
our life that we want to correct or improve this year and then set our 
heart on making it happen! (We could do the same with our mar- 



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riage, family, children and the church.) Seek the direction and help 
of the Lord to make it happen. Do it for Him, through Him, as unto 
Him. "...that in all things He might have the preeminence" 

Blessings to each of you, 
Brother Jim Meyers 

STEPPING INTO THE WATER 

Peter peered across the gunwales of the boat into the misty 
darkness and squinted his eyes trying to make out what was out 
there on the water. Was he hallucinating or was that really a ghost 
out there? He nudged his fellow disciples and pointed. They watched 
in astonishment. As the apparition moved closer, they became more 
than a little concerned. To their bewilderment, as the figure drew 
closer, it began to look like their Master. In fearful desperation they 
called out, and to their amazement, Jesus said, "Be of good cheer, 
it is I; be not afraid." At that instant, Peter knew what he had to do; 
he had to go to Jesus. At Jesus' beckoning word, Peter left the boat 
and walked on the water to his Master. 

Peter, in his excitement at seeing Jesus and in his haste to 
leave the boat, temporarily forgot the storm. After leaving the boat, 
he took his eyes off Jesus to look at the surrounding turbulence. 
He immediately began to sink. Upon hearing Peter's cry of des- 
peration, Jesus reached out and rescued him. In that moment, and 
in the subsequent moments as they walked together back to the 
boat, Peter felt exhilaration as he had never felt! He had stepped 
into the uncharted, the untested, and the unknown, but Jesus was 
there. He would never be the same. 

The Bible abounds with examples of people who also stepped 
into the water both literally and figuratively. The lives of these people 
have been documented in Scripture for us to learn from and be 
inspired by. They were summoned by God to leave their comfort 
zone and launch out into the unfamiliar. Let's look at the lives of 
Peter and some other Bible characters who stepped into the water 
and see just exactly what results from that action. 

I. Leaving Security 

Stepping out means that we leave security behind. As Peter 



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stepped out of that boat and onto the water he was leaving his 
comfort zone. He had spent his life working in fishing boats and the 
boat he was in represented all that was familiar to him. When Peter 
left the boat he was leaving his security and assuming great risk. If 
you really think about it, what was more secure — to be in the boat 
or to be in the presence of Jesus? You see, many Christians cling 
frantically to what they consider to be their security not realizing 
that it is a mere facsimile of the real thing. 

During the administration of Oliver Cromwell, England encoun- 
tered a financial crisis. When Cromwell was told that many of the 
local churches had silver statues of saints sitting in little niches sim- 
ply gathering dust, he issued the order, "Melt down the saints and 
put them into circulation." Those silver saints were taken out of 
their "comfort" zone and put to use. Are you clinging tenaciously to 
your own little comfort zone or are you ready to leave your present 
security behind and be moved into a position where God can utilize 
you more effectively? God sometimes asks people to leave their 
security by changing geographic locations, but many times He does 
not. Do not be lulled into thinking that you must change your geo- 
graphical location in order to leave your comfort zone, and experi- 
ence the great blessings that can be yours when you do. Remem- 
ber, your security might not be as dependable as you think. Your 
place of security might not be where God wants you. 

II. Unhesitating Obedience 

When the Ethiopian Eunuch learned what God's will was for his 
life that day as he was riding in the chariot, he gave the command 
for his chariot to be stopped and he was baptized. His obedience 
was immediate and unhesitating. He stepped into the water with- 
out trepidation, I'm sure. Is it possible that God is not blessing us 
and using our lives as He could because we are holding back? Is it 
possible that God is grieved with us when He asks us to step out 
only to have us hesitate, doubt, and argue? 

Those of us who are parents like to have instantaneous obedi- 
ence from our children. That is noble and good, but consider the 
reality that it is very easy to demand greater things of our children 
than we demand of ourselves. How often have we heard God's 
voice speaking to us giving us direction only to ignore that voice? 



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Or how often have we complied, but only after childishly dragging 
our feet? 

III. Accepting Discipline 

Another individual who stepped into the water although not of 
his own will, was Jonah, who was called by God to minister to the 
people in Nineveh. Jonah had other ideas; he ran in the other di- 
rection. God, in His wisdom, saw that He needed to get Jonah's 
attention so took classic fatherly action — He disciplined Jonah. Quite 
obviously, the Jonah who was regurgitated onto the beach by the 
great fish was not the same one who hit the water after being tossed 
overboard by his traveling companions. Something had happened 
in the interim. Jonah received the discipline of God. 

We too, as we step into the water, will receive God's discipline. 
Perhaps we will receive discipline for going in the opposite direc- 
tion from where God wants us, like the situation with Jonah. Per- 
chance we are like the Pharisees, all up to standards on the out- 
side, but full of unseemly things on the inside, so we receive the 
discipline of God. Possibly God just wants to get our attention. 
Whatever the situation, discipline is a fundamental element in the 
Christian experience so we should not be shocked when God dem- 
onstrates His love for us by admonishing us. 
IV Accepting Unpleasant Situations 

Naaman, the Syrian army officer, was plagued with the dread- 
ful disease of leprosy until he went through the unpleasant experi- 
ence of bathing in a river he felt was incompatible with his lifestyle. 
He stepped into the water, that muddy Jordan River, as a person 
with an appalling future because of his disease, and stepped out a 
healthy man with an optimistic future. We can haughtily settle back 
and say that we would never be like Naaman and reject a disagree- 
able situation to which God has called us. Really, we are not too 
much different from Naaman in many ways, because we can have 
the same inclination toward fleshly weaknesses he had. 

Maybe God has called you to speak to that agnostic neighbor 
who intimidates you greatly— an unpleasant situation. Maybe God 
has called you to confess your jealousy to a brother or sister and 
admit that you have tried to make yourself feel better by denigrating 
them— an unpleasant situation. Perhaps God has called you to pull 



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up roots and help an isolated congregation that is struggling for 
existence— an unpleasant situation. You see, it is hypocritical of us 
to criticize Naaman for his reluctance, when we also need to step 
into the water and discern that many repulsive situations are meant 
for our benefit. 

V. Waiting Years for the Fulfillment of Dreams 

In John 5:2-9 the story is told of a man who had been waiting 
for thirty-eight years by the Pool of Bethesda yearning for the time 
he could be the first to step into the water after it had been troubled 
by an angel. Although he did not literally step into the water, his 
situation serves to teach us that stepping into the water can mean 
that sometimes we have to wait years to see the fulfillment of our 
hopes and dreams. This anonymous man was irrepressible in his 
desire to be healed. Thirty-eight years he waited. Thirty-eight years, 
you say? Yes, he waited thirty-eight years to see his dreams ful- 
filled. 

Stepping into the water suggests that we be willing to doggedly 
continue on despite years and years of not seeing our hopes ful- 
filled, our prayers answered, or our dreams come to pass. If the 
man by the pool had given up after even thirty-five years he would 
not have experienced the blessing of Jesus' touch nor would we 
have his tremendous example of persistence. He waited patiently; 
he began to grow old. He watched others be healed; he grew older 
Time after time he was beaten to the water, and he grew older still. 
He wondered when his dream of being healed would come to pass, 
and as he wondered, he learned patience. Time passed and he 
grew older, but his patience and persistence were rewarded, not in 
his time, but in God's time. 

VI. Blessings are Just Around the Corner 

At this point you might be thinking that you do not want to step 
into the water. You do not want to leave your security, give God your 
unhesitating obedience, or do any of the other things listed. You 
might feel that the costs are too great and the disadvantages out- 
weigh the advantages. But rest assured, God has great things in 
store for you just around the corner. 

You see, another person in the Bible who stepped into the wa- 
ter was the daughter of Pharaoh. This lady stepped into the water, 



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found the infant Moses lying in a reed basket, and experienced 
remarkable blessing! Not much is known about this Egyptian 
woman, but it is safe to assume that Moses brought her extraordi- 
nary blessings. After stepping into the water that day, she had a 
son to love and cherish. She was able to hear the pleasant bab- 
bling and cooing of an infant. She could feel the softness of his skin 
and see the brightness of his eyes. She could watch with admira- 
tion as he grew into a great prince of Egypt. Yes, those were awe- 
some blessings! But she had to step into the water first. 

God has wonderful blessings in profusion for all who are willing 
to step into the water. In fact, the Bible tells us that our senses 
cannot even begin to comprehend the things God has in store for 
the people who love Him. Yes, God will give blessings in this life, 
and in the next one also. But we have to take the plunge. We have 
to be willing to leave our comfort zone behind us and launch out 
into the unknown with God. We have to be willing to face new chal- 
lenges, but those new challenges will bring exciting new experi- 
ences. We have to be willing to leave behind the false sense of 
security we might now be experiencing before we can experience 
true security in knowing that we are walking with Jesus. We must 
be willing to give instant obedience to God before we can experi- 
ence the bliss of having Him chart our course for us. We must 
realize that God calls us to wait many years for certain things and 
learn patience all the while before we have our dreams fulfilled. 
Undeniably, the blessings are there — just around the corner. 

VII. Entrance into Heaven 

The final step to consider, is at this point in our lives, a step that 
has not yet been taken. When we talk of entering into Heaven we 
say that we are going to cross the final Jordan and enter the ulti- 
mate promised land called Heaven. None of us have made that 
final step yet, but by God's grace we will. We are going to experi- 
ence many rapturous occasions as we step into the water with the 
Lord throughout our life here, but they cannot compare to the bliss 
of taking that final step and entering Heaven. When we take that 
step all the daunting challenges we faced on earth, all the fears of 
having our imagined security taken away from us, all the times we 
had to be disciplined by God, and all the unpleasant situations we 
had to face in this life will fade into oblivion. That final step, the step 



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into Heaven, will be the most glorious of all! 

So go ahead, step into the water! You will never be the same. 

Brother Paul Skiles 
Torreon Navajo Mission 
HCR 79 Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

AFRICA NEWS 

"Ladies and Gentlemen, flight number 981 to Paris is now ready 
to board," What a welcome announcement as we wait in the Nairobi 
Airport for our return home. As we leave Bro. Tim and Sis. Terry 
Scofield and Bro. William and Bro. Matthew behind to serve their 
one year of service in Africa, we trust the Lord will bless them abun- 
dantly for their commitment to serve Him in Africa. 

As we are returning from our seventh trip to Africa in a bit less 
than three years, we reminisce over the past visits and think of the 
accomplishments and progress made in Kenya and Uganda. We 
have experienced many disappointments and stressful times, but 
Praise God! the blessings and joy of seeing souls committing their 
lives to Him, accepting baptism, and being born into the Kingdom 
of God far exceeds any negative experiences that we have encoun- 
tered. The dishonesty that is embedded in the hearts of the African 
people is just as hard to over come as pride is in the American 
people. 

The Lord provided us with good weather and good turbulent- 
free flights from Dayton to Philadelphia, where we met Bro. Verling 
and Sis. Fern Wolfe who accompanied us to Paris and on to Nairobi, 
Kenya. We arrived there at 10:30 RM. on December 8. We were 
met by Bro. Andrew Ochiemo and Bro. Hosea Ambundo who ac- 
companied us to Kapenguria after a three day stay in Nairobi, get- 
ting the necessary paper work and Pin Number to buy a vehicle. 
Even this is not as easy as it is in America. Here you can go to the 
dealer with the money and drive a vehicle away in only a few short 
moments. 

Traveling along the Highways in Africa is both interesting and 
somewhat dangerous. You have to watch for bad pot holes and 



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decide which ones you want to avoid, sometimes making the wrong 
choice, and shaking up the Van and everyone in it. Where the roads 
are nice, they make them rough by putting speed bumps across the 
road that you must almost stop to cross safely. Vehicles must go 
through a lot of stress if you are not a careful driver. 

As we traveled over 6,000 kilometers while in Africa, we saw 
baboons, gazelle, zebras and giraffes. We saw one terrible truck 
accident where three large trucks were totally torn apart. Another 
place a tractor broke in half with the rear half and trailer on the right 
side of the road and the front half on the left side in the ditch after 
hitting a rough railroad crossing. 

We arrived in Kapenguria about 6:00 P.M. after stopping at 
Nakura to visit the Mennonite Mission and at Sis. Elimina's home 
for a visit and a meal. We made our home with Bro. Andrew and 
Sis. Catherine Ochieno for two weeks. We spent our time search- 
ing for a house to rent and visiting the eight churches in Kenya. The 
churches are Makutano (at Kapenguria), Chepkorniswo, Ortum, 
Sondany, Chesubet, Kaptalamua, Kiptoi and Luandeti. 

Our house was vacated and we moved in on December 22. We 
then started on various projects on the house such as lowering the 
approach to the garage, making a new driveway from the road, 
fixing locks on doors and windows and sitting up house keeping. 
We spent Christmas in Kenya and New Years in Uganda. 

On Monday December 29, we drove across the border to 
Uganda and on to Kampala which was about 380 kilometers and 
eight hours driving. We were met by Peter Kasozi and Samuel 
Onjima at the Sheridan Hotel. We went out to Peter and Rose's 
house where we made our home for one week. We immediately 
started the building project at Peter's school. Verling became both 
the foreman and laborer with the few Ugandan natives, who had 
altogether different work ethics from what Verling was used to. Paul 
became the gofer - go-fer this and go-fer that, buying and hauling 
building material and people. 

On Wednesday, December 31, we met the Scofields at the 
Entebbe Airport. They found out, about one hour after their arrival, 
that all nine pieces of luggage did not arrive, and that it would not 
be there till the following Sunday. They were fortunate to have suf- 



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ficient essentials in their four pieces of carry on and their tent that 
we brought with us. They pitched their tent in Peter's backyard and 
fared real well for the following four days. 

We finished the building project at Peter's school and put a roof 
on Bro. Patrick's house in five days. We enjoyed four different ser- 
vices at the school. We looked for a place for baptism, but found it 
too far to go to Lake Victoria. Considering the pollution of the lake 
and streams because of the extreme, heavy rainfall, we decided to 
dig a 3x4 foot hole near the well pump and lined it with plastic to 
avoid the muddy water and filled it with water for baptism. In the 
afternoon of January 4, we gathered together for baptism. Eleven 
were baptized. We had an enjoyable stay with Peter and Rose that 
will long be remembered. We trust God to Bless them for their 
efforts and hospitality. 

Monday morning we bade our farewells and returned to Kenya. 
After retracing our bad roads, we arrived home about 4:00 P.M. 

We continued our work of starting up house keeping. We fin- 
ished the work at the house, such as getting more furniture, uten- 
sils, putting up a water tank, plumbing, septic tank, wiring the house 
for electric, telephone, building fence and installing a gate and so 
forth. 

We again visited the churches where baptism was requested. 
Ten were baptized at Ortum, fifteen at Chepkorniswo, five at 
Chesubet, nine at Kaptaiamus, twenty at Kiptoi and sixteen at 
Kapenguria. That made a total of seventy-five in Kenya and eleven 
in Uganda. We rejoice that in the three years of working and preach- 
ing in Africa, there has been a total of seventy-one baptized in 
Uganda and two hundred one in Kenya, making a total of two hun- 
dred seventy-two in all. We realize that some have already fallen 
from grace and without a doubt, some more will, but we praise God 
and trust and pray that most will live true to their vows till the Lord 
calls us all Home. 

We had two Bible study classes in the Scofield's home with 
above thirty in attendance each time. We pray that interest in Bible 
study will continue. 

The weather was unusually cool and rainy most of our days 
spent in Kenya and Uganda. When we visited the churches at 



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Chesubet, Kaptalamua and Kiptoi, we stayed over night for two 
nights. It was rather uncomfortable with the rainy days and nights, 
but we managed well with some sleeping in the van. The mountain- 
ous roads were very bad, due to the rain. The poor van was really 
initiated, dragging through the mud ruts. We became stuck once, 
but did manage to get out without pushing. 

We bid farewell to our dear Kenyan Brethren and Sisters on 
Wednesday evening, after Bible Study and left early Thursday morn- 
ing for Nairobi. Our intention was to spend the day in Nairobi to 
take care of some necessary business, but found out that it was a 
holiday and all offices and stores were closed. 

We left Nairobi, January 30 at 1 1 :30 P.M. leaving the Scofields 
to return to their home in Makutano to carry out the work that has 
been started. We pray God's blessings on them as they serve Him 
in Kenya. May you all continue to remember them in prayer. 

We want to thank all of you for your prayers on our behalf while 
in Africa. 

Brother Paul and Sister Mary Stump 

OUR AFRICAN TRIP 

We had anxiously been looking forward to going to Africa since 
June 1997. Now that mission is in the past. Our plan for the mis- 
sion was to help in building a few church buildings. There are eight 
places of worship at the present time. All but one have a building 
rented to worship in. Land has not been purchased as yet for new 
church buildings. 

A house was located and rented for our mission headquarters. 
It is a ranch-type house with an attached garage for the van. Most 
of our time was spent getting the house ready for our missionaries. 
Electric wiring was installed, however it has not been connected to 
power lines as yet. 

Plumbing was also installed. One full bath and a half bath. A 
water tower was set up with a one hundred ten gallon storage tank 
for our water supply. Water is usually only available for about two 
hours a day so the tank holds enough water for the day 

The Lord has surely been good to us in securing the mission 



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complex. It's a beautiful location, setting apart from other buildings. 
We also put a four strand barbed wire fence around the property. 
Animals roam freely, so we had cows in our yard almost every day. 
Having the cows was not that bad but they always managed to 
leave so many calling cards. 

The last week in December we went to Uganda to pick up Bro. 
Tim and Sis. Terry Scofield and their two sons Bro. William and Bro. 
Matthew. We were there one week. While there we helped build a 
dormitory It is a brick building, 24x25 feet. It certainly is different 
building in Africa than in the United States. Everything has to be 
done by hand. 

The weather was warmer in Uganda than in Kenya, because 
Kenya has a higher elevation. At our mission compound the eleva- 
tion is 4,000 to 6,000 feet. We always had cool evenings. 

We also looked into the possibilities of drilling a water well on 
the compound. There is a great need for water. Most of the water is 
taken from streams, even from water holes after a rain. As of now it 
looks promising and affordable for drilling a well. Let us pray the 
Lord's will may be done in supplying the need. 

May the Lord bless you for remembering us by letters and prayers 
while we labored in Africa. 

Brother Verling and Sis Fern Wolfe 

THE SCOFIELDS IN AFRICA 

Church Services 

Church services are very different here than in America. First, 
while every one is coming in, they will sing a praise song. When 
they sing a praise song they clap their hands, sing, shout and re- 
peat the same line until church is ready to start. After that, they 
sing a worship song. They clasp their hands together like they are 
praying, most of them cry, and sing in perfect harmony. They put us 
to shame when they sing. Here is a chorus of a worship song. 
"Nah, nah noonie ah myah choyangoo nah, nah noonie adjue." Next, 
every one prays out loud at the same time, which is very confusing. 
Following the prayer, someone stands up and with an interpreter, 
preaches a sermon. After that, they sing a worship song and are 



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dismissed. 

Brother Matthew W. Scofield 

New Friends 

Greetings from Kenya, We pray you are hard at the Lord's work. 
None of us can say we have nothing to do. If we give each day to 
the Lord, He will more than fill it with work for His kingdom. Amen. 

Almost anytime we go outside, a child will come from out of the 
bushes. Yesterday, I was doing laundry on the porch. A small boy, 
perhaps five to six years old, was walking his family's goats through 
the field next to us. He kept watching me. I waved, he waved, and 
was soon out of sight. A door has been opened. 

Not long after, three little boys showed up at the end of the yard. 
Slowly they came closer and closer. I would smile and wave. Be- 
fore long they were on the steps to the porch. By now William and 
Matthew were sitting on the porch making clothes hangers from 
wire. The little boys were very interested in what William and Mat- 
thew were doing. I went into the house and brought out three crack- 
ers. Crackers here are sweet like cookies. I was rewarded with 
three big smiles. While the three small boys were slowly eating 
their crackers, the little goat-herder came back with a younger sis- 
ter and an older sister carrying baby brother. The three small boys 
shared their crackers with the other children. I smiled and spoke to 
the three who had just joined us, and made over the baby a little. A 
door has been opened. It wasn't long till we looked up and the 
children were gone. 

Before I was done with the laundry, the three small boys were 
back. They had brought a toy to share with us. They had an old 
bicycle wheel and a forked stick. I smiled and asked one of the 
boys if he could make the wheel go. He did not understand. So I 
pointed at the wheel and rolled my finger in a circle then pointed to 
the stick. A big smile. He dropped the wheel and took out running 
around the yard pushing the wheel with the stick. With a big smile 
he handed the toy to me. I gave it a try, which brought lots of laughs. 
So I handed the toy to the larger boy of the three and off he went, 
rolling it all around the yard. I laughed and clapped. The laundry 
was done and it was time to start supper. I waved good-by to my 
new friends and off into the bushes they went. 



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Doors had been opened today. We are trying to learn more 
Kiswohile so we can share the Word of our Lord with these children 
Please pray for these children. They are dressed in rags and have 
very little in their lives. While we cannot give them much, we can 
give them an understanding of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Love in Christ Jesus, 
Sister Terry Scofield 

A Hike 

Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ! Praise the Lord' Bwana 
ausi fuve! Amen! We have been very busy here in Kenya baptiz- 
ing, visiting, working on the mission house and hiking up moun- 
tains. 

It is this last event, of which I was the lone American to experi- 
ence, that I want to relate. 

In short what happened is this. Andrew, Hosea, Soloman and I 
hiked twelve miles up a mountain to a church and back down the 
next day. The day began with public transportation from Makitono 
to Ortum. Eleven people in a five passenger Peugeot station wagon 
loaded with maze in the back and baggage on top. We started up 
the trail at 1 1 :Q0 A.M. We stopped part way for a sugar cane break 
and later for some roasted maze on the cob and still later for or- 
anges, bread, peanuts and melted kisses. The maze and sugar 
cane we bought on the trail. Half way up Soloman took my baq and 
would not give it back. I was grateful. 

If getting to heaven is anything like this, we would not make it by 
ourselves. Praise the Lord! Amen! Andrew and I talked a lot about 
the Bible on the way. Everyone was patient and waited for me We 
finally arrived at the Sondoni pastor's home at 7:00 PM We had a 
supper of sweet greens, ugali, chapati and chi, followed by sinqinq 
prayer and worship until 1 :00 A.M. 

We read in Haggai about being called to "Go up to the moun- 
tain, and bring wood, and build the house." Of course our house 
was a spiritual one, the Kingdom of God. It only took four hours to 
go down. One brother, Steven, can hike up in two and a half hours 
and down in one and a half hours, twelve miles each way. We saw 



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a few monkeys, lots of water and interesting birds. Many people 
climb a mountain simply to get to the top. We had a better reason, 
actually around twenty or thirty, the souls of the Sondoni Dunkard 
Brethren. I will probably limp physically for weeks, but praise the 
Lord eternally because of this trip. 

Walking into the Sondoni area was like dreaming when you 
awake. There was mist and rivulets of water all over the green hills 
and valleys. Beautiful painted round huts were set in irregularly 
rounded pastures. Life was simple and needs very few. Truly the 
fleshly lusts of this world are far away from these people. It is my 
prayer that they know what a blessing that is. Bwana Ausi fuve! or 
Praise the Lord! 



Peace to you, 
Brother Tim Scofield 



A PEOPLE OFTHE BOOK 

II Kings 22:1 3, "Go ye, inquire of the LORD for me, and for the 
people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is 
found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, 
because our fathers have not harkened unto the words of this book, 
to do according to all that which is written concerning us." 

As we look at this chapter in God's Holy word we find two things 
that leave us with questions and speculation. First of all, the Scrip- 
tures tell us that Josiah was only eight years old when he began to 
reign. It also says of him, "And he did that which was right in the 
sight of the LORD, and walked in all the way of David his father and 
turned not aside to the right hand or to the left." 

How did Josiah know to walk in the ways of right? It is said of 
his father, Amon, that he did that which was evil in the sight of the 
LORD. It is said that Amon served the idols that his fathers served. 
The lineage of righteousness for Josiah would go all the way back 
to his great-grandfather, Hezekiah. Is it possible that this spiritual 
heritage was talked about but not observed? Was his mother, 
Jedidah, one that was familiar with and followed the ways of the 
LORD? Scripture does not answer these questions. 

The Bible also seems to indicate that the Scriptures available in 



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the days of Josiah were lost. Therefore his mother or anyone else 
could not have instructed him from the Holy Word. While the "book 
of the law" was lost to the people, there were priests. Did the priests 
have knowledge of this book of the law? It would almost read as if 
this was not the case. Then what did the priests teach? Did they 
merely use their own human wisdom and judgment? Were they 
spiritual leaders that allowed the people to decide what was the 
Lord's desire for their lives? 

Another interesting insight into this biblical event was that the 
prophet Jeremiah was active at this time. Were the people in this 
account ignorant of his ministry not able to be in contact with him 
because of distance or merely not willing to hear what he preached? 

Our Brethren forefathers were often known as "a people of the 
Book." They originated at a time when there was much spiritual 
confusion. Many of the people were not able to read the Scriptures 
for themselves because of a lack of education. In most places reli- 
gious freedom was unknown. Those living at that time were forced 
to attend the church that was chosen by the political ruler of the 
area. 

We have much in common today with those in the days of Josiah 
and also our Brethren forefathers. While most individuals have the 
ability to ready today, the "book of the law" is lost to many of them. 
A large percentage of individuals have no desire to know what God's 
will is for their lives because they choose to reject any form of "reli- 
gion." There are those who have been misled by false religions and 
cults. They think they have truth, but, in reality the "book of the law" 
is lost to them, also. 

Unfortunately, the world is filled with churches that fall into the 
category of mainline denominations with leaders who refuse to use 
the Holy Scriptures to lead their people. Like the priests in Josiah's 
day they lead the people without the "book of the law." For all prac- 
tical purposes the "book of the law" is lost to these individuals. 

In our day we have those who claim to be Bible believing Chris- 
tians who preach and teach that God has no rules for Christians 
today. They quickly state that some things are displeasing to God 
but they insist that absolutely nothing that you do has anything to 
do with your salvation. 



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The Bible does teach in Galatians 3:24-25, "Wherefore the law 
was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be 
justified by faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under 
a schoolmaster." But, in our opinion, it is ridiculous to conclude 
from this that all the teachings and instructions in the New Testa- 
ment have nothing to do with our salvation. In fact, Scripture warns 
that disobedience will bring the wrath of God upon those who will- 
fully choose to ignore God's given instructions. 

Let us desire to be "a people of the book." Let us read and 
study the Holy Scriptures that they may not be lost unto us. 

Brother James M. Hite 
81 6 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

"Hello!. ..This is God speaking" 

Maybe the reason I so much love to speak to youth is because 
God loves to speak to me as His son— through His Word. 

This Book has been the stabilizing force of my life and for civili- 
zations before me. It has altered the course of history and it de- 
serves our examination and recognition. 

The Bible testifies for itself. We might criticize it but it is only 
because we know too little about its content, its historicity and its 
impact. 

The Bible is more exciting than a detective story, more captivat- 
ing than a history book, more up to date than the current newspa- 
per and more powerful than the biggest atomic explosion. Genera- 
tion after generation has been guided by this Way of Truth. 

It is the only Book that can really empower you. I am somewhat 
amused by the number of Christians who read motivational materi- 
als for stimulation and direction for success. Young people, this 
Book can do all of that and more. It can give you success and 
salvation. What a powerful book. 

I hear the Bible criticized frequently. People say that it contains 
errors, misinterpretations and is peripheral to the modern world. 



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What a disgrace to discount life's ultimate authority. I challenge you 
to be the youth of the Word. To know it is eternal life. To reject it is 
eternal damnation. 

It is a tremendous miracle that the Bible continues century after 
century, meeting the needs of a constantly changing world. How 
can one Book appeal to every culture, every ethnic group and ev- 
ery level of intelligence? Can you even suggest any other book 
that has such a universal appeal? Can you suggest one that pro- 
vides a common ground for fellowship of peoples around the world? 

The same Book that undergirded, blessed, encouraged and 
instructed the persecuted and deprived people of the first century 
meets the needs of our affluent, technological twentieth century. 
Most people live fairly comfortably today. This message meets our 
needs to the ultimate degree. 

The basic needs of man have never changed. Externals have 
changed, but inside us remains the same needs. David's needs, as 
he watched his flocks on the mountainside were not so different 
from those of Solomon as he ruled his empire. Every person, in 
every age, has a deep seated need for God. In this respect there is 
never change. We are "enlightened" today but His voice still shouts 
to us through the Bible to give us direction. 

The Word is a treasure. It is our most important possession. 
Even if all of our other possessions were destroyed, if our Bibles 
were saved, we would be rich. I have read this book nearly every 
day for almost all of my life and I learn more about it each time I 
open its pages. I have preached from the Book hundreds of times 
and some men have probably done so thousands of times. Yet, the 
content is inexhaustible. 

Can an agnostic or a skeptic produce a book like that? No! 
Only God can create a book that will survive the rise and fall of 
nations, the ascending of rulers and the toppling of governments. It 
has been misinterpreted by fanatics and expertly expounded by 
intellectuals. It lives on. Century after century it is a lamp to guide 
the groping foot and a light to illuminate the obscure pathway. If is 
a standard for our children, a guide, for you, as youth, an inspiration 
for the middle-aged and a comfort for the elderly. It is food for the 
hungry, water for the thirsty, rest for the weary, salvation for the 



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sinner, strength for the Christian. It IS the Word of the living God. 

The Bible holds the key to your success. ..but if you neglect it, 
you can look forward to failure. 

From an unknown writer we quote: 

"O traveler from this to younder world, 

Pause in the shade of God's magnificent 

Eternal Word — that tree whose roots are curled 

About our human need. When strength is spent, 

Stretch out beneath some great, far-reaching limb 

Of promise — and find rest and peace in Him. 

Let the conclusion of our discussion be this. Men do not reject 
the Bible because it contradicts itself, but because it contradicts 
them. 

Brother Len Wertz 

LIVING ONE DAY AT ATIME 

Are you living one day at a time? It is the Christian's responsi- 
bility to apply this practice to their lives. Yet, as we fellowship with 
those who call themselves Christians, it is plain to see this is not a 
practice in many lives. 

II Cor. 4:16, "For which cause we faint not; but though our out- 
ward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." What 
does it feel like to experience a renewed heart each day? In the 
Psalms we can find many examples. We see David rejoicing and 
giving praise to God, when after sin or some conflict, he had made 
things right with God. At the close of each day we need to be 
renewed by clearing our conscience with God. 

Daily we need to look at our lives and be sure there is nothing 
there that would keep us from living a joyous Christian life. Luke 
21 :34-36, "And take heed to yourselves, lest at anytime your hearts 
be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this 
life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall 
it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch 
ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to 



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escape all things that shall come to pass, and stand before the Son 
of Man." When we do not cleanse our hearts daily, or forgive those 
who trespass against us, or we ignore our shortcomings, or we fail 
to live by faith the life God has planned for us, our hearts can be- 
come overcharged with the things that should have been cared for 
yesterday, last week, last month or even years ago. Jesus said, 
"Take heed and pray because these things will come upon you un- 
awares." Oh, how careful we must be that we do not allow such 
recklessness into our lives. We can only afford to live one day at a 
time. 

We might think these things will not affect our lives, but Christ 
calls them snares, and Satan's traps. Are you trapped or snared? 

James 4: 13-14, "Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we 
will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, 
and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow! 
For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a little 
time, and then vanisheth away." Sometimes we live hoping that 
time will heal yesterday's problems. James refers to life as "a little 
time". I do not believe "a little time" will ever heal problems. Only by 
taking daily inventory of our lives and making wrongs right will there 
be healing and the removing of problems. 

We are also challenged in Hebrews 3:13-15, "But exhort one 
another daily, while it is called Today; lest any of you be hardened 
through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of 
Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto 
the end; While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not 
your hearts, as in the provocation." Are we really concerned for our 
brothers and sisters in the Lord? Have you seen some wrong in a 
brother's life? Have you given him loving exhortation? It is part of 
"daily" living. This verse tells me if I do not exhort my brother I will 
become hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. The flesh finds 
it much easier to let problems slide, but the Spirit says "Go". Let us 
exhort one another to live one day at a time, so that together we 
can truly say we are living a joyous, fulfilled life in Christ. Are YOU 
living one day at a time? 

Brother Denny Myers 



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WHEN IS JESUS COMING? 

Matthew 24:36, "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no 
not the angels of heaven, but my father only" 

A few years back a preacher that I enjoyed hearing set a date 
and time for Christ's return. He wrote and published a pamphlet 
saying that Christ would come back to earth in September 1994, 
Our text is very clear on this point. Man will not be privy to that time. 
Only the Father knows. 

We know conditions were similar at the time of the flood. In 
verse 39, our Lord said, "They knew not until the flood came, and 
took them all away." In verse 42, "Watch therefore:. for ye know not 
what hour your Lord doth come." Even more positively He states in 
verse 44, "In such an hour as ye think not the son of man cometh." 
We must search the Word and prepare our hearts for this event, but 
the date and time no man knows. In verse 50, "The Lord of that 
servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for Him." 

Shortly before Jesus went back to heaven He said to His follow- 
ers, "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the 
Father hath put in his own power." (Acts 1:7) At the end of the 
parable of the wise and foolish virgins is written, "Watch therefore, 
for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man 
cometh." (Matthew 25:13) 

It is due to the wisdom of God that the time of His coming is 
secret. To try to set dates or promote opinions, especially as we 
reach the year 2000 is unfair, since many could be eyeing that year 
and Christ could come even tomorrow, or today We must approach 
the scriptures with wonder and respect, and with a sense of wor- 
ship. But we must also be practical. We know Christ is coming 
again. The scriptures are clear. Even so, come Lord Jesus. 

Jesus is coming! 

We know not how soon, 

Coming at midnight, 

At morning or noon; 

Evening may bring Him 

To bear us away; 



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For Him I am watching 

And waiting each day. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

OBITUARIES 

MARY 0. ROUNDS 
Sister Mary Orpha Rounds, 77, of Bridgewater, died Friday, 
August 22, 1997, at the Rockingham Memorial Hospital in 
Harrisonburg, Virginia. 

Mary was born on October 23, 1919, in Dayton, Virginia and 
was a daughter of the late Joseph Roy and Ida (Showaiter) Early. 
Sis. Rounds was a member of Dayton Dunkard Brethren Church. 

She was united in marriage on October 17, 1948, to Albert 
Nathaniel Rounds who survives. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons and daugh- 
ters-in-law, Nevin Dale and Bonnie (Borenstein) Rounds of 
Mechanicsville, Virginia, Doyle Lee and Darlene (Burkholder) 
Rounds of Bridgewater, Virginia; one daughter, Dorcas Marie 
Rounds of Bridgewater, Virginia; two sisters, Vera Heatwole and 
Naomi Wenger both of Dayton, Virginia; two brothers, Samuel Early 
and Byard Early, both of Dayton, Virginia. Two grandchildren, 
Rachael Sara and Benjamin Joseph Rounds also survive. 

A funeral service was conducted at 1:30 P.M. Sunday, August 
24, 1997, at the Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Bridgewater, 
Virginia. Brother Gene Kauffman and Brother Virgil Leatherman 
officiated. Burial in the Pleasant View Cemetery in Dayton, Vir- 
ginia. 

WILBUR L UPLINGER, SR. 

Bro. Wilbur L. Uplinger, Sr., 78, of Route 2, Mount Crawford, 
Virginia died Thursday, January 15, 1998, at the Martinsburg Veter- 
ans Administration Center, Martinsburg, West Virginia. 

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and was the son of the late Clarence and Mary (Stark) Uplinger. 

He lived in Ohio and Vienna, Virginia before moving to Mount 
Crawford in 1 972. He was a farmer and carpenter. He was a mem- 
ber of the Dunkard Brethren Church in Dayton, Virginia. 

On November 24, 1941, he married Sister Thelma (Myers) 
Uplinger who survives. 

Also surviving are five children: Leroy "Lee" Uplinger Jr., North 
Lima, Ohio, Richard Uplinger, Greer, South Carolina, Jane Lickey, 
Manassas, Virginia, Carolyn Kay Crounes, Woodbridge, Virginia and 
Jackie Carr, Lacey Springs, Virginia; two sisters, Lora Keesling, 
Canton, Ohio and Ha Givler, North Canton, Ohio; one brother, A. C. 
Uplinger of Michigan; eleven grandchildren and nine great-grand- 
children. 

Pastor N. Bruce Creswell conducted the funeral services at the 
Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home. Burial was at Eastlawn Me- 
morial Gardens. 

Brother Wilbur Uplinger has gone to be with the Great Physi- 
cian and is in the hands of the Sympathizing Jesus Christ. He 
speaks the drooping heart to cheer, where there is No pain, No 
sorrow, No storms, No dark clouds. We hope he is where sins are 
all forgiven and the hope of a Crown is fulfilled. 

For as Bro. Wilbur was a husband, father, grandfather, and a 
great-grandfather, and also a brother in Christ, now his work in this 
old world is done, Heaven offers a better home for him. 

One by one our loved ones leave us, 
One by one their partings grieve us, 
One by one the crowns are given us, 
One by one we come to Jesus, 
As we heed His gentle voice, 
One by one we His vineyard enter, 
There to labor and rejoice, 
One by one we all are going, 
Down the pathway steep and straight; 
Ah, the joy there is in knowing, 
We shall meet beyond Heaven's gate. 



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MEETING NOTICES 

March 1-8 - Bethel, Pennsylvania Revival. 

March 13-22 - Pleasant Ridge, Ohio Revival. 

March 15-22 - Dallas Center, Iowa Revival. 

March 27-April 5 - Lititz, Pennsylvania Revival. 

April 3-4 - Second District Meeting, Pleasant Ridge, Ohio. 

April 5-12 - Plevna, Indiana Revival. 

April 11 - First District Meeting, Lititz, Pennsylvania. 

April 11 -Third District Meeting, Quinter, Kansas. 

April 10-12 - Fourth District Meeting, Pleasant Home, California. 

LOVEFEAST NOTICES 
March 21 - Pleasant Ridge, Ohio. 
March 21 - Dallas Center, Iowa. 
March 28 - Hart, Michigan. 
April 11 - Plevna, Indiana. 
April 11 - Quinter, Kansas. 
April 11 - Pleasant Home, California. 
Aprii 25 - Grandview, Missouri. 
April 25 - West Fulton, Ohio. 
April 26 - Bethel, Pennsylvania. 
May 3 - Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 
May 16 - Dayton, Virginia, 
May 17 - Lititz, Pennsylvania. 
May 24 - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. 

NEWS ITEMS 

1998 GENERAL CONFERENCE 

June 6-10, 1998 

The Lord willing, General Conference will be held at the Memo- 
rial Holiness Camp, West Milton, Ohio, June 6 through June 10, 



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1998. More information will be given later. 
Please send reservations to: 

Brother Don Hostetler 

8483 Arcanum-Bears Mill Rd. 

Greenville, OH 45331 

Brother Paul L. Stump 
Arrangements Committee 

NOTICE 

All business for General Conference should be in my hands no 
later than April 15, 1998. Thank you. 

General Conference Writing Clerk, 

Brother Marlin Marks 

3027 Acorn Lane 

Red Lion, PA 17356-9782 

(717)246-9193 

CORRECTION 

Inadvertently Brethren Ted Kreiner and Steve Heisey were left 
off the Deacon's List in the February 1998 issue. The Editor is 
sorry for this omission. 

HART, MICHIGAN 

The Maple Valley Christian School is seeking a teacher for the 
1998-99 school year. Anyone interested please contact Bro. Ray 
Powell, 1920 N. 116th Ave., Hart, Ml 49420. (616) 873-3756, by 
the end of March 1998. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation will have revival meetings 
with Bro. Jason Reed, March 13 through March 22, 1998. Lovefeast 
will be Saturday, March 21 , at 7:00 P.M. 

We invite all to come worship with us. 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Lord willing, the Dallas Center, Iowa congregation will hold 
a revival meeting starting Sunday, March 15. Bro. Edward Johnson 
will bring the Word. Lovefeast services will close the meetings March 



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21 and 22. Come and worship with us and pray for the meetings. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss, Cor. 
PLEVNA, INDIANA 
The Plevna Congregation invites all to their Spring Revival April 
5-12, 1998. Bro. Wayne Burgess of Hasty, Colorado will be our 
Evangelist. 

Lovefeast Services will be April 1 1 at 2:00 P.M. and 7:00 RM. 
We invite you to these services and ask for your prayers. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 
PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 
The Lord willing, the Fourth District Meeting will be held the 
weekend of April 1 through 1 2. There will be a preaching service 
on Friday evening. 

The Business Meeting will be held on Saturday morning with 

our Lovefeast in the evening. 

Sunday morning there will be an Easter Sunrise Service fol- 
lowed by our regular services. 

We extend a hearty welcome to all who can come and enjoy 

the fellowship and blessings with us. 

Sister Blanche Newman, Cor. 
BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Lord willing, the Bethel Congregation will have our Spring 
Revival, April 12-19. Bro. Ray Stuber will be our evangelist Pray, 
come and worship with us. We are glad to announce we elected 
two deacons, Bro. Justin Beck and Bro. Jeff Aungst. Pray that we 
ALL let the Holy Spirit lead and live for Christ and His Church 

Sister Fern Wolfe, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR APRIL 1998 

April 5 - Up, Sanctify The People - Joshua 7:13-18. 

1 . Why could not Israel stand before her enemies? 

2. How was Joshua able to know Achan was the one who 
had sinned? 



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April 12 - RESURRECTION - Luke 24:1-35. 

1 . Who were the two men in shining garments? 

2. Why did Peter go to the sepulchre? 
April 19 - Achan's Confession - Joshua 7:19-26. 

1 . Thoroughly explain the seriousness of Achan's sin. 

2. Why were Achan's family and possessions destroyed 
along with him? 

April 26 - Sincerity - Psa. 32:2, I Cor. 10:31, II Cor. 1:12, I Peter 
2:21-23. 

1 . How is it possible to do all things to the glory of God? 

2. Define Godly sincerity. 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

APRIL 1998 

April 5 - Passport Of Life-Prov. 1 2: 1 5-28, Ez. 33:1 4-1 9, Luke 1 0:25- 
28. 

1 . What is the passport to life? 

2. What is the importance of love in the passport of life? 
April 12 -THE RESURRECTION - Mark 16:1-20. 

1 . Why did Jesus return to Galilee after His resurrection? 

2. What signs follow in the life of a believer today? 

April 19 - The Christian's Race - I Cor. 9:24-27, Ph. 3:13-14, Heb. 
12:1-2, II Tim. 4:7-8. 

1 . What is the prize we should be running to obtain in the 
race of life? 

2. What is the importance of running the race of life with 
patience? 

April 26 - Sins Of Youth - Job 13:26, Psa. 25:1-22, Jer. 3:23-25. 

1 . How do the sins of youth affect our lives as we become 
adults? 

2. What is the remedy for the sins of youth? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred 0. Pifer, Chairman 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer 

42 Doe Run Road 

Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C.Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Engiewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Engiewood, OH 45322 



Mike Wray, Secretary 
R.5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970 

H, Edward Johnson, Treasurer 
1307 S.H.108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan. OH 43506 

Rick St.John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold,OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 

4025 Woodland Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95358 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 



Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Paul Nell 

Woodland Drive 

R6 Box 61 19 

Spring Grove, PA 1 7403-9489 

(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
R 5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas CenterJA 50063 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

All contributions to the various 
boards should be made out to 
the Treasury, but sent to the 
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VOL. LXXVI 



APRIL 1998 



NO. 4 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



ALAS! AND DID MY SAVIOR BLEED 

Alas! and did my Savior bleed? 
And did my Sov'reign die? 
Would He devote that sacred head 
For such a worm as I? 

Was it for crimes that I have done 
He groaned upon the tree? 
Amazing pity! grace unknown! 
And love beyond degree! 

Well might the sun in darkness hide, 
And shut his glories in, 
When God's own Son was crucified 
For man, the creature's sin. 



But drops of grief can ne'er repay 
The debt of love I owe, 
Here Lord, I give myself away; 
Tis all that I can do. 

-Isaac Watts 



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A MOUNT AND A HILL 

There have been thousands, if not millions, of sermons preached 
since Jesus' ministry. Men have proclaimed the Gospel in many 
ways. Some have done it to entertain, others to promote them- 
selves and others with a sincere desire to introduce others to the 
message of salvation. Sermons are presented in various forms. 
Some cover a subject as it is presented throughout the Bible, oth- 
ers are a thorough study of a short passage of scripture. Some 
sermons are entertaining, others are dry and dull. Some concern 
future events, others present a discerning study of past events. 
Some are directed towards children, while others are so scholarly 
that few can understand what is presented. Some develop great 
truths through a logical progression of thoughtfulness and reason. 
Others are unorganized and appeal to the emotions of the hearers. 
Some sermons challenge those who hear to action, either individu- 
ally or socially. Some sermons present Biblical facts that strengthen 
the hearer's faith. 

Although sermons may vary, they still remain God's ordained 
method of spreading the Gospel. Although the Apostle Paul spoke 
of the foolishness of preaching, preaching is approved of God. A 
well-reasoned and valuable sermon is often undermined not by the 
perception of it as being foolish, but that the life of the speaker does 
not show that sermon in action. Other methods of presenting the 
Gospel have been tried, but none have been sanctioned by God. 

Obviously, the greatest of all sermons ever preached is the 
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Sermon on the Mount. It is great not only for the arrangement of its 
words. It is great not only because it was delivered on the side of a 
mountain by Jesus, the Son of God. It is great not only for its lofty 
thoughts and admonitions. It is great because Jesus not only spoke 
these hallowed words and thoughts, but He put them into practice 
in His life and death. 

Jesus could translate the words spoken on that mountainside 
into the deeds and attitudes that transpired on Calvary's hill. He 
practiced what He had preached. The unholy judgment, scourging, 
crucifixion and humiliation that He suffered might have adversely 
affected His Spiritual response if He had not been about His Father's 
business. 

His greatest sermon was not merely in the words that He spoke, 
but in what He accomplished for them, and us, before Pilate, on the 
Cross, in the tomb and in His resurrection. He put the Sermon on 
the Mount into action. It became a living epistle written on the hearts 
of men. 

There would be many connections between the words that He 
spoke and the deeds that He did. The attitudes that He promoted in 
the Sermon on the Mount, He lived during His passion. 

He spoke of loving one's enemies. This is not the natural ten- 
dency of humans. They love those whom they like, but not their 
enemies. Jesus had every human reason to strike out at his accus- 
ers, even to destroy them. Instead, He forgave them. He realized 
their ignorance. They could not know the full implication of their 
rejection and crucifixion of the Son of God. They could realize, 
however, their lack of common civility and fairness. Even in His 
death pains, He could offer forgiveness. 

His love was not based on their love toward Him. His love was 
not a reward for their goodness to Him. His love was offered in 
spite of the way they had treated Him. They wished Him ill, but He 
returned good for their ill-will. 

He could have defended Himself before the Sanhedren and 
Pilate. He could have called upon Heaven's angels to deliver Him 
from His punishment. He could have come down from the cross, 
but He did not. He turned the other cheek. He was nonresistantto 
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brought forth the sweetness of His love. 

He came to do His Father's will. He carried out the great love 
message of God to mankind. He chose not to escape tasting the 
cup of suffering that was necessary to establish the Father's Plan 
of Salvation. He had a single purpose. He accomplished that pur- 
pose. 

The words that He spoke were not empty words, for He fulfilled 
them in His passion. His sermon was not empty words, but the 
words of life, because He would by His death and resurrection bring 
life to those who would accept what He had done for fallen human- 
ity. 

Have you heard His sermon, not only in words, but in His ac- 
tions on the hill far away? Are love, forgiveness, nonresistence, 
and doing your Heavenly Father's will as important to you as it was 
to Him? Do you practice what you preach? 

M.C.Cook 

WWJD? 

WWJD, an abbreviation for, What Would Jesus Do?, is currently 
a popular motto displayed on T-shirts and other items in the "Chris- 
tian" apparel marketplace. Whether Jesus is pleased with this ex- 
ternal display is a question to be considered. We do know that HE 
discerns the thoughts and intents of our hearts. 

In Charles Sheldon's classic book, "In His Steps", the heart 
searching question: "What Would Jesus Do?" is the central theme 
from which WWJD was derived. In his book amazing changes took 
place within the church when this question was taken to heart and 
practically applied in life's complex situations. 

As Christians, we may feel overwhelmed at times by the needs 
about us. Where would Jesus have us minister for Him? James 
1:27 certainly gives us a good place to begin. "Pure religion and 
undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless 
and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from 
the world." 

We are surrounded, I believe, by the fatherless in ever increas- 
ing numbers. With the breakdown of the home in our society, many 



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children and young people have grown to adulthood without ever 
experiencing a father's love and influence in their lives. May it be 
our hearts desire to introduce them to a FATHER that loves them, 
"A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his 
holy habitation " Psalms 68:5. 

As Bible believing Christians, we would readily give our bless- 
ing to anyone desiring "pure religion" and an undefiled life before 
God. How is it then, that the second practical application of the 
spiritual walk, the visitation of widows, is so easily neglected? I 
believe it is because we so often are preoccupied with our own 
interests that Galatians 6:2 is more of an ideal than a reality. "Bear 
ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." The LORD, 
speaking through James, considers the plight of widows an afflic- 
tion. Do we? 

James concludes his thoughts on pure religion with this admo- 
nition: "to keep yourself unspotted from the world " Similar thoughts 
to unspotted are: unstained, not polluted by, and uncontaminated. 
It is so easy for worldly mannerisms, values, and desires to gain a 
foothold in the life of a Christian. The need for daily Bible reading 
and prayer cannot be overemphasized. Self-examination is also a 
very integral part of the unspotted life. "Wherewithal shall a young 
man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word." 
Psalms 119:9. Our Savior, the Lamb of God, exemplified the un- 
spotted life by doing the will of His Father. As God reveals to us the 
needs of others, may we seriously consider: "What Would Jesus 
Do?" 

Brother Marvin Lorenz 

WASH ME 

"Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from 
my sin" Psalm 51:2. 

We as a church, as well as individually, must take a stand against 
sin. Sin is an abomination to God. He does not look upon sin. He 
CANNOT look upon sin. 

We are promised in the scriptures that God will cleanse us. 
Jeremiah 33:8, "And I will cleanse them from all their iniquity, whereby 
they have sinned against me; and I will pardon all their iniquities, 



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whereby they have sinned, and whereby they have transgressed 
against me." Ezekiel 36:25 states, "Then will I sprinkle clean water 
upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all 
your idols will I cleanse you " The significance of the water of cleans- 
ing indicates that God operates upon our souls. It is not enough 
that we "reform" ourselves; we must be "transformed by the wash- 
ing of water by the word." John 3:5 says, "...Except a man be born 
of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God." 

God's standard for man is perfection. We must strive for it, though 
we will not attain it in this life. Jesus died as a substitute for us. The 
punishment for our sins had to be paid. Christ's work therefore is to 
justify us: to give us a clean slate. His work, coupled with the work- 
ing of the Holy Ghost in our life will cause us to livd for Him. Our 
obedience to theWord of God will be counted unto us for righteous- 
ness. We have no righteousness in ourselves. We must look to 
God, and follow Him. It was said of Abraham that he believed God 
and it was counted unto him for righteousness. The cry of the Psalm 
writer is "wash me" 

Study the scriptures and you will find that no one can approach 
the Holy God with sin in their life. Someone has to mediate, or 
close the gap, between God and man. This has already been done 
in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 3:7, "Marvel not 
that I said unto thee, ye must be born again." 

God continues to hate sin, but He has made a way to wash us 
clean, and that is through the blood of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 9:28 
says, "So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and 
unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without 
sin unto salvation" 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Rd. 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



RESPECT AND MANNERS 

Respect in America today seems to be an old thing of the past. 
Authority is looked down upon, parents are scoffed at and "Me" is 
king. Have these attitudes seeped into the church? I fear they have 
to some degree. God commands us to respect authority, parents, 



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and others. 

The Bible is to be respected. The way we handle it, what we 
say about it and the way we read it all indicate our respect for it. Do 
we put it on the floor, stack papers and books upon it, or disregard 
its pages? We believe God expects us to respect if for what it is, 
God's Holy Living Word. 

Romans 13:1-2 clearly states our actions and words toward 
civil authorities should be respectful. Are the speeds we drive, the 
numbers we report on our tax return, and our general attitude to- 
ward civil law showing honor and respect to our civil authority? 

Our church leaders are also to be respected. I have heard it 
said, "Respect must be earned." This is true in one respect but God 
commands us to respect the office (I Thess. 5:12-13 and I Tim. 
5:17). Respect of our church leaders goes deeper than just saying 
good things (or not saying bad things) about them. Encourage- 
ment and prayer are elements of respect. 

We are also commanded to respect our parents (Matt. 13:57). 
It grieves my heart to hear children (big and small) call their parents 
by their first name. Obedience and honesty are a couple of ways to 
respect our parents. 

Another area of respect that seems lacking in society today is 
respect of age. Lev. 19:32 reads, "Thou shalt rise up before the 
hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I 
am the Lord." Are we teaching our children to jump up and let the 
older people have our seat in a full waiting room? Are we letting the 
older Brethren go first at our fellowship dinners? Are we seeking 
counsel from the aged and wise or from our own peers? Remem- 
ber Rehoboam? He sought the counsel of the old men but rejected 
it. Let's seek and heed (respect) the advice of our wise old Breth- 
ren. 

I also believe scripture implies we should respect ourselves. 
The delicate line between self-respect and pride must be guarded 
against and prayerfully sought and maintained. We do need to be- 
lieve that we can be useful to God in His Kingdom. 

Manners - are they completely out of style? I find myself failing 
to use the simple words, "thank-you," "please," and "I'm sorry" often 
enough. 



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In the land of plenty where we live, I wonder if we have not 
come to a place where we take our blessings for granted. One 
needs to be grateful before the Thanks can be expressed. 

Manners are those little things that leave a big impression on 
the people we are around. Manners should not be reserved for 
special people but should be practiced in the family as well. If all 
Americans could learn the two words, "please" and "thank-you", 
think what a difference it would make. What about our family or 
yours? We cannot change America or the World but we can ask 
God to help us and our families. 

One encouraging note about respect and manners is that it will 
not cost us one dollar to implement them in our lives! 

Practice and, perhaps, a change of attitude is all it will cost. 
God Bless you as you live for Him. 

Humbly submitted, 
Brother Dennis Meyers 

JESUS, OUR LIVING SAVIOUR 

As we write this Message of Assurance, war clouds loom omi- 
nously over the Middle East; record rainfalls, violent storms and 
tornadoes are buffeting the United States. The moral fibers of the 
developed countries of the world are in shreds. Greed and earthly 
riches and pleasures are the obsessions of mankind. The booming 
United States stockmarket and economy have blinded the eyes of 
the American people to moral uprightness and human decency, let 
alone to seeing the warnings of God's Holy Word. 

The World Wide Web and space age technology are again rear- 
ing the Tower of Babel. God will soon put a stop to Satan's forces. 
Any computer having Internet and/or world wide web connections 
is a Pandora's box full of the wiles of the devil. International com- 
munications interpreted into our own language is at our fingertips. 
Pride and the wisdom of this present world are rushing man head- 
long into the judgments of God! 

Where is the Salt of the Earth? Where is the Light of the World? 
Where is the Love of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Tor God 
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoso- 



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ever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 
John 3:16. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with 
God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access 
by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the 
glory of God. ..And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of 
God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given 
unto us." Rom. 5:1-2,5. Read the entire chapter. Jesus died for us 
to wash away our sins and reconcile us to God. For as in Adam all 
die, so in Christ shall all who believe be made alive. Tor the wages 
of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ 
our Lord." Rom. 6:23. 

"But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breast- 
plate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For 
God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our 
Lord Jesus Christ." I Thess. 5:8-9. The light of the world is Jesus. 
We, who believe, are His reflectors and witnesses through the power 
of the Holy Ghost. The passion for the lost should move us to keep 
ourselves in the love of God, that we may reach out and snatch 
them from the burning. The time is short. Let us support the Mis- 
sions of the Church with zeal as the Lord has prospered us. The 
harvest truly is great but the laborers are few. "Thanks be unto God 
for his unspeakable gift." II Cor. 9:1 5. Blessed Assurance, Jesus is 
mine. Let us introduce Him to Whosoever Will that they may have 
that Blessed Assurance too. 

Humbly submitted 
Brother Ray R. Reed 

KENYA KNOTES 

Sunday, February 1 5, we spent the day at the church in Ortum. 
u We" includes myself, Terry, William, Matthew, Bishop Andrew, his 
wife Catherine, Hosea, his wife Florence, Saline and Rose. 

Enroute we picked up James, another minister. He was riding 
on top of a public service vehicle. That is a taxi made out of a small 
pick-up, usually a Peugeot. The bed is fitted with bench seats and 
a four foot tall metal shell with windows and rear door. Eight to 
twelve people can fit inside plus six more on the back bumper plus 
six or so on top, depending on the amount of luggage. These taxis 



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transport people from town to town over any type of road. It was on 
top of one of these small taxi-trucks that we found James. He is 
one of the English preaching interpreters. 

Once at Ortum, we quickly assembled at the church for Sunday 
School. Sunday School is normally teaching by one of the minis- 
ters on a specific topic to just one class. I was invited to bring the 
lesson, so I shared a study on being sealed by the Spirit. It was 
very well received. Next Brother Hosea was chosen to bring the 
message for church. He began by asking every individual down the 
row what they had learned in Sunday School! These Kenyans are 
bold! But it did set fast the lessons from God's Word. 

After services, six families and individuals that were lacking, 
received a Swahili Bible. Also, everyone was treated to a meal of 
chepati (frybread), rice, beans and pork, bread and boiled cabbage 
prepared beforehand by Florence and Terry. 

After dinner Terry instructed the women on dress, coverings, 
hygiene and nutrition. In an effort to help improve nutritional intake, 
she distributed packages of twelve assorted garden seeds. One 
goal being that seed would be saved from the produce for the next 
season. Hosea did not know about this plan when he preached on 
the sowing of he seed earlier that morning. It is great to see the 
working of God in individuals producing harmony. I met with the 
men and Hosea spoke on Dunkard doctrine and persued commit- 
ments from all present to adhere to it. Questions were fielded and 
answered. Officers were elected. Polity books and tracts were dis- 
tributed and received eagerly. 

Discussion was also had on improving the meeting house. 
Currently they meet in a 12x12 brick room with open doors and 
windows and dirt floor. They want to move to a larger room on the 
other end of the row that still needs a roof finished. No conclusions 
were reached but many ideas discussed. 

From my perspective, a very good day. Forty people were fed 
physically and spiritually. Seed was given for the season and for 
eternity. Commitments were made, the body strengthened. Buana 
Asifiwe! (Praise the Lord!) 

God's Peace 
Brother Tim Scofield 
Makutano, Kenya 



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QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 

We get so many letters from everyone back home. We appreci- 
ate your letters so very much. In your letters you ask so many 
questions, we decided to try and answer the most often asked ques- 
tions in the Bible Monitor. 

Climate - About the same as our home in Colorado. We are at the 
same elevation. The land is some of the most beautiful God 
has created. Days can be warm high 80's low 90's, but not 
humid. Nights are cool. 

School - Yes, we are continuing our homeschooling, even though 
the boys feel being in Africa is schooling enough. 

Food - We do not have the variety of foods we had in the States. 
We eat alot of rice, potatoes, beans, eggs, bread, canned tuna, 
canned corned beef, cabbage, and several kinds of fruit. If you 
have any recipes. 

Language - Maybe half of the people speak some English. The 
other half speak only Kiswahille. We are trying to learn 
Kiswahille, but it is coming poli-poli (slowly-slowly). 

Phone -Yes! We have a phone. It seldom rings. When it does ring 
it is usually a wrong number. Regardless, we all come running 
when the phone rings. It may be someone from home! 

Culture - Learning the ways of the people here can be a challenge. 
It is a bit like living in the early 1900's with reminders that it is 
really the late 1900's. Everyone and everything moves very 
slowly. 

People - People are people, the world over. They laugh, they cry, 
they sing praises to their Lord. They work, they eat (?), they 
enjoy having fun. We enjoy the people here. We can see the 
hand of God at work here. We are not blind though. Satan also 
has work here. Pray for the people. 

First Impression of Africa -When we got off the plane in Uganda, it 
was so humid. We were ready to get back on the plane. We 
must have heard God wrong. He was not saying go to Africa. 
The smell of fish from Lake Victoria was so strong . Our bag- 
gage was still in the States. We couldn't understand anyone 
and they couldn't understand us. Faces from home never looked 



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so good! After one week in Africa we knew more than ever, that 
God wanted us here. We strongly feel His hand upon us. He 
has given us a love for the country and the people. 

Homesickness - What is that? We seldom have a moment alone, 
or sit still long enough to think of home. When it does come, 
however, is when we write letters or receive letters. Then the 
tears flow. We love hearing from home. 

House - We have a very nice house. Still no electricity or indoor 
plumbing. We do have running cold water, a good kerosene 
lamp, and a very nice breeze through the house. 

Water - The Grandview Church bought a water purifier for the mis- 
sion here. Thank you again to them for the wonderful gift. We 
have pure water and do not have to worry about illness due 
to water. 

Thank you again for all your letters. They mean so much to us. 
Thank you also for the many prayers offered on our behalf. It gives 
us strength each day to know the Saints are lifting us up before our 
Heavenly Father. God bless you all. 

Love in Christ Jesus, 

Brother Tim, Sister Terry, 

Brother William and Brother Matthew 

MOVING DAY 

"For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of 
love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have min- 
istered to the saints, and do minister." Hebrews 6:10. 

Greetings from Kenya in the love of our Lord and Saviour, it is 
moving day fro Bro. Gilbert and his wife Alice. A week ago we 
moved Gilbert and a few belongings to Makutano. He left Alice 
behind, in Kitale, while he would look for a place for them to rent 
here in Makutano. Gilbert stayed with Bro. Andrew and his wife 
Katherine and their family while here. Bro. Gilbert is one of the 
ministers here at our church in Makutano. He would come by pub- 
lic transportation to church at Kakutano every Sunday. This is a 
thirty minute ride. Travel here is not so easy and you must pay a fee 
to ride. We know he is very dedicated to the Lord's work. 

Today we all rejoice, as Gilbert has found a new home and he 



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has a job. He has told Alice, we will come today and she is packed 
and waiting. 

As we pull onto the dirt road that leads to their home, Gilbert's 
sister and mother come out to the road to greet us, followed by 
many children. Everyone is greeted and we all head to the house 
to load their belongings. Everyone helped, even the small children. 
They lived in a one room house about twelve foot square. It prob- 
ably took a whole half hour to load all their belongings. The sofa, 
two chairs and the mattress for their bed all went on top of the van. 
The rest of the bed frame and all their belongings went inside the 
van. 

Alice climbed into the van while the men finished tying on the 
furniture. Her sister was speaking to her through the window. They 
smiled at each other and gave hugs. As her sister left, I asked Alice 
if it was hard to leave her home and family. She shook her head. 
You could see she was having a hard time fighting the tears. The 
men climbed in. All is loaded, including the seven people that would 
ride back to Makutano. Last good-byes are said to all the family 
and to Gilbert's Mother. One little boy runs beside the van waving, 
until he was just to tired to continue. I turned to Gilbert, "Is it hard to 
leave your home?" "Yes, but it is for the work of God," and they both 
have big smiles. Their child will stay with the Grandmother until 
they can return for her. My heart goes out to this young couple. 
They love their Lord and are willing to serve Him, no matter the 
cost. 

We arrive at their new home and help them unload. They are 
happy to now live close to the church. They feel the Lord has richly 
blessed them. Their new home has two rooms plus a kitchen. After 
we unload their belongings, we all bow our heads and ask God to 
bless their home and strengthen them for His service. 

A fellow servant, 
Brother Tim Scofield 

THE LETTER 

A man received a letter 

From a church just down the street 
It said, "We'll make you rich 

If you come to church for meet." 



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The man just took the letter 

And fed it to the flames 
He said, "This church is of Satan 

And I won't play those games." 
That night the man got a visit 

From the Son of the Morning Star 
He said, "Give me my letter 

And you I will not mar." 
The man said, "I do not have it 

I cast it to the fire." 
So the Devil picked up the man's Bible 

And said, "I'll go just as far." 
But the Word it would not burn 

Though the flames licked at it's cover 
Lucifer dropped the book 

And left the man forever. 
This poem was written about a real incident that happened to 
Brother Hosea. The only difference is that Hosea's trouble lasted 
much longer. Satan and his followers are alive and well in Kenya. 

Brother William Scofield 

THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

"NO FEAR!" 

We have all been afraid at times. It is a reaction and emotion 
that is not confined to children. Ail of us need encouragement and 
I think it is especially necessary to have help in overcoming fear in 
the teen years when our imaginations are working at their peak 
performance. 

Fear is one of our dominant emotions. George Bernard Shaw 
said, "In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid 
of it." He was saying that most fears are imaginary. We tend to 
create fears in our mind. As Rudyard Kipling said, "Of all the liars in 
the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears." 

Fear must be mastered and conquered. Only God can help us 



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do this. He will allow us to win over these paralyzing emotions. It is 
definitely a frightening and dangerous world we live in. Speeding 
automobiles, madmen who are controlled by Satan who care only 
about our wallets, evil men who ravish innocent children and old 
people, keep alive our healthy fears. 

Even the Bible acknowledges that we are living in a dangerous 
world. It tells of a time — possibly this time, when there would be 
great distress and perplexity of nations. What we see today are 
real dangers, not imaginary Fears many times lead people to all of 
the phobias that are experienced today. 

But in the Bible, we read TEAR NOT". Sixty three times in the 
Old Testament and sixteen times in the New. God has not given us 
the spirit of fear. It engenders distrust in the Bible and places a 
barrier in our fellowship with Christ. It devitalizes us spiritually. God 
does not want His people "running scared." He wants us to under- 
stand His sovereignty and live with victory. He wants us to leave 
the driving to Him and let Him control our destiny. He has us in His 
hands. 

Understand that fear is not always our enemy. It leads to pre- 
cautionary or preventative measures that are positive in life. They 
just must not control us. They even help us to put our trust more 
fully in the Master. Jesus wanted His disciples to be so controlled 
that even the end time's events would not make them fear but rather 
would cause them to "Lift up their heads, for their redemption is 
drawing nigh." 

The Bible says "Fear no evil." Why? Because "God is with us!" 
We must have a healthy respect of Satan and his power but we 
must also understand that "Greater is He that is in us than he that is 
in the world." 

We are not to fear illness. God teaches us many lessons through 
some of the illnesses we experience, not the least of which is His 
sufficiency. 

God has also promised that"AII things" work for our good as we 
are called according to His purpose. We need not fear trouble that 
seems to be all around us. 

Finally, we do not need to fear death. Why? Because Jesus 
conquered death for each of us. As a believer, God's promise of 



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eternal life allows us to face this experience unafraid. 

Ultimately, the fear of God allows all of our other fears to vanish. 
In Him, there need be "NO FEAR." 

Brother Len Wertz 

BITTERNESS 

Mid the clamor and the turmoil, 
When the world would have its way. 
Tap indwelling well of quietness 
That will feed me through the day. 

Be my source of inspiration; 
Be my inner poise and calm; 
At the altar of my being 
Send sweet harmonies of balm. 

When I feel distraught and burdened 
And there seems no listening ear, 
Filter through my veins the order, 
That controls and conquers fear. 

When annoy disrupts the silence, 
And confusion prompts dismay, 
Let my spirit rise to meet Thee, 
On the strains of peace, I pray 

-Roxie Lusk Smith 

As we have been preaching on this subject in churches where 
we have visited, as well as our home church, I will explain how we 
have come to expound on this subject. 

First a visiting minister preached a sermon, exhorting us to be 
prepared if we are called upon to suffer persecution for our faith. 
That same week in our Bible Study the question was asked, "How 
could Stephen pray, Lay not this sin to their charge, at the very 



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moment they were stoning him to death." That same week we read 
an article in the Readers Digest of a family who were imprisoned by 
the Japanese during World War II. The father was taken to prison 
and died there. The three daughters were taken to a prison camp, 
and they never knew, until after the war where their mother was. 
After the war the mother and daughters were reunited. The mother 
told the daughters the last thing their father said to her as he was 
led away to prison was this, "Whatever happens, don't feel bitter. 
Bitterness will destroy you." The same week we read in the paper 
of three hundred who were massacred in Algeria. (There have been 
many other instances we hear about, of the persecution of Chris- 
tians.) 

Eph. 4:31-32, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and 
clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice. 
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one an- 
other, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you." 

Heb. 12:12-15, "Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, 
and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest 
that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be 
healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no 
man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the 
grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, 
and thereby many be defiled." 

Please read Matt. 5:43-48, Luke 6:27-38, Rom. 12:14-21 and I 
Thess. 5:15. It is no easy task to carry out the exhortation of these 
scriptures, but it is absolutely necessary if we are to please the 
Lord. It is contrary to the carnal nature. 

Tis a little journey This we walk 
Hardly time for murmurs Time for talk 
Yet we learn to quarrel, And to hate 
Afterward regret it, When too late 
Now and then tis sunshine, Some times dark 
Sometimes care and sorrow Leave their mark 
Yet we walk the pathway, Side by Side 
Where so many others Lived and died. 
We can see the moral, Understand 



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Yet we walk not always, Hand in hand 
Why must there be hatred? Greed and strife? 
Do we need such shadows, Here in life? 
It is imperative that we pray for those whom we dislike, and that 
we pray that they may be blest, and not to pray for our own benefit. 
A man who was having a very difficult time with his boss, prayed 
that the Lord would get him out of his hair. There were no results, 
but when he began to pray that the Lord would bless his boss, their 
relationship improved dramatically. 

We pray for the church and for our families and friends, but we 
see churches destroyed, families torn apart, and friends alienated 
by bitterness. 

James 3:14-18, "But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your 
hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom 
descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For 
where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 
But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, 
gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, with- 
out partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness 
is sown in peace of them that make peace" Gal. 5:14-15, Tor all 
the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy 
neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another take 
heed that ye be not consumed one of another." 

When the Sultan of Turkey decreed that all Christians should 
be destroyed, a young Armenian girl saw all her family brutally 
murdered, and she was taken by the officer in charge to be his. The 
next few days were filled with misery and shame. She was dragged 
from place to place like an animal. One night when they were in a 
drunken sleep, she awoke, and rushed from the camp. She ran 
and ran until exhausted, she collapsed and awoke in a British Red 
Cross Hospital. Having no place to go she stayed and worked, 
taking the most onerous tasks. One night she came on duty tend- 
ing each patient gently, and praying for them. Then the flickering 
light from her lamp fell on the face of a new patient. There was no 
mistaking that cruel face. It was the officer of her experience of 
horror. For a moment she felt nothing, but seething hate. Ven- 
geance would be easy. The least inattention would bring about his 



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death. Then the tension left her and tears flooded her eyes. You 
died for him, too, didn't you Lord? She lavished unbelievable care 
on the wounded man, and almost single handedly pulled him back 
from the grave. She never told anyone what had happened in the 
past. She was not there when he first regained conscienceness, 
but the nurses told him what she had done for him. When she 
came on duty that night he started to thank her, but he stopped 
when she turned the light upon her face. For a long minute there 
was silence, then he turned his face to the pillow and began to sob. 
Why didn't you let me die? I don't deserve to live. Her answer was, 
"Because I am a Christian, with us love cannot make any excep- 
tions." Because her amazing love had broken his resistance, he 
became an earnest student of the Gospel, and before he left the 
hospital he had exchanged the crescent on his shoulder for Christ 
in his heart. 

THE PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI 

Lord make me an instrument of your peace. 

Where there is hatred, let me sow love. 

Where there is injury, pardon. 

Where there is doubt, faith. 

Where there is despair, hope. 

Where there is darkness, light. 

Where there is sadness, joy. 
O Divine Master grant that I may not so much seek to be con- 
soled, as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be 
loved as to love. 

For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning, that we are 
pardoned. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life. 

This is the prayer of your unworthy servant. That we may grow 
in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. That His love 
in our hearts may abound more and more. That our faith may in- 
crease day by day, and that we have the communion of the Holy 
Spirit. 

Brother William Carpenter 



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THERE WILL BE NO BRONZE IN HEAVEN 

The impersonal bleary voice went on unabated, as it read the 
principal items of the first items of the first news bulletin of the day. 
It did not realize that like a double edged sword, every word it ut- 
tered, cut right through the muscle of my heart painfully. I wanted to 
switch off the little radio clock but could not because it acts as my 
wake up call, and thought that perhaps the voice would realize it 
had made a mistake and correct it as it went along. 

Unfortunately it was not a mistake. As it read the body of the 
news the voice confirmed its earlier pronouncement "one gold, two 
silver, and one bronze, position thirty-eight globally, eighth, in the 
continent of Africa". That was Kenya in the concluded Olympics 
that year. I was thoroughly disappointed. 

I have since Kipchoge Keino's day in Tokyo, prided myself on 
the performance of my country men and women. I am not athletic 
and would be hard pressed to run a stretch to save my life. But 
standing on the glories of my country I have on several occasions 
held my own in discussions with sports analysts when it comes to 
athletics and specifically Kenyan's PERFORMANCE in world events. 
This time round, my Olympic hope which was built on nothing less 
than Kenya's performance on the track events, came tumbling down. 
I have now come to terms with the fact that Kenya did not hold the 
leading position in the continent of Africa nor did she beat the day- 
lights out of the whole world in track events. I had in my vain imagi- 
nation, forecast at least fifteen gold, ten silver and about twenty 
bronze! One thing I have not forgiven myself for though, is that I 
missed the presentation of the gold medal - the only time that our 
National Anthem was played! That is now behind us and every 
time I think of the Atlanta games, I try my best to look at the bright 
side of things. We won a gold, two silver and a bronze. Some 
nations received absolutely nothing. Bravo Kenya! We as a nation 
were able to send quite a large number of athletes and a large con- 
tinent of officials! Our athletes were all able to finish the events they 
had entered, Our sister country Nigeria did us proud in football. 

My brothers and sisters, the kingdom of Heaven is totally differ- 
ent. Proverbs 18:10 tells us that, "The name of the Lord is a strong 
tower: the righteous runneth unto it, and is safe." Nevertheless, 



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Ecclesiastes 9:1 1 records that under the sun the race is not to the 
swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor 
yet riches to men of understanding nor yet favor to men of skill but 
time and chance happeneth to them all. 

Therefore the Christian's walk is not unlike the Olympics. Some- 
times one brings home nothing but pure gold medals. A ministry 
that is growing by leaps and bounds. A mission that bears fruit a 
hundred fold. One may be experiencing a peak in his or her Chris- 
tian walk. A life that is exemplary and a testimony of a vibrant Chris- 
tian witness. 

At other times when one obeys the Lord and keeps His Word, 
material blessings are showered upon him. Children doing well in 
school, career prospects rising from one height to another, a busi- 
ness thrilling beyond one's wildest dreams and the crop of the land 
doing well. Biblically the Lord blesses everything the righteous 
touches. 

Sometimes things go terribly wrong. However much one tries, 
the best they are able to achieve is a rusty lackluster bronze. Prayer 
seems to avail little if anything. Heaven seems to be deaf to one's 
cry for help. One begins to doubt, and rightly so whether one is in 
the right calling. 

You may be a minister or a preacher who has moved thousands 
and brought many sheaves into the kingdom expecting to shine in 
Heaven like a star. Suddenly you discover that you have lost the 
magic, no more cutting edge. In fact, every word that proceeds 
from your mouth does not return void. It sends your listeners into 
deep slumber. And properly into the captivity of the known enemy 
- Satan. 

Sometimes the worst happens. A rumour, a whisper, a little 
gossip here and there. Before you know what is happening, there 
is a full blown scandal enough to make a believer throw away his or 
her Bible. Innocent or not, a scandal has a disastrous and trau- 
matic effect on a Christian. It takes the Lord God, courage and 
confidence in an unchanging God to keep one's head high, once 
one's name has been dragged into mud no matter the circumstances. 

What do we do? Where does a Christian run to if all he can 
bring home is a bronze at best and at worst nothing at all. Does he 



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opt out of the race? Does he look for greener pasture in the enemy 
territory? Does he throw in the towel and say enough is enough? 
Is it worthwhile to plod on when Heaven seems far away and un- 
reachable? Non-existent? An elusive mirage? 

Paul the stalwart of the faith had a bronze experience during 
one of his missionary journeys. He brings this out very well in his 
letter to the Christians in Phillipi. At the time of writing this letter, 
Paul was in prison. As if it was not humiliating enough for him to be 
jailed for cause of the gospel, it was a time that he was going through 
intense opposition from those who should have supported him, fel- 
low Christians, workers, colleagues and brethren. Perhaps Paul 
could just have managed this betrayal by the brethren if a worse 
blow was not dealt him. At the material time, a wake of false doc- 
trine swept the church that he had painstakingly planted in this 
European province of Macedonian. 

What a scenario? What a traumatic experience? For a man of 
God? One would have expected Paul to give up or in righteous 
anger to give the sharp edge of his tongue to the Philippians. Paul 
was dishonoured, humiliated and rejected completely. Maybe this 
is why he said that Tor to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." 
Philippians 1 :21 . After all, in another setting, he did not spare the 
degenerate Corinthians. Not so this time Paul's enthusiasm for the 
gospel, and the kind loving Church in Philippi did not wake. His 
confidence was in a power higher than the circumstances feeling 
him. He knew that Christ had a reason for winning him to Himself. 
Paul knew the goal for which he was striving. He was determined 
to make people forget and reach it, and best of all, he was willing to 
do everything in his power to enable others to reach it. What a 
testimony of a man who was determined to make people like Paul 
Stump and Rudy Shaffer, Timothy Scofield, Verling Wolfe and oth- 
ers like them, disciples for the Kingdom of Heaven. In Philippians 
3:12-14, Paul encourages the struggling church. "Not as though I 
had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, 
if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of 
Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: 
but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, 
and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press to- 
ward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." 



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And strike he did, we read of all sorts of experiences in his 
many epistles. God who is ever faithful, honored Paul's efforts. When 
the end came for Paul, he knew that in the strength that Christ gave 
him, he had made it. He confirms this in his farewell to young Timo- 
thy as contained in II Timothy 4:7-8. "I have fought a good fight, I 
have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is 
laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righ- 
teous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto 
all them also that love his appearing." 

Is it not gratifying to note that if we run the race to the very end 
we shall win a prize? Is it not encouraging to know that God knows 
our human weaknesses and understands us? Is it not inspiring to 
know that all that matters is not our position in the race but rather 
the trusting in Him who called us. We must keep at it until we finish. 

For those who like me cannot hold their own in any athletic feat, 
is it not gratifying to know that there will be no distinction between 
positions in Heaven? 

The Bible says that we shall all get a crown, a golden one. Not 
a silver, not a bronze. A pure golden crown, and as we all stand 
before the King, our heavenly anthem will be played. It will not be to 
the glory of an earthly leader, government or state. It will be "Halle- 
lujah" to the Lamb, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, who was 
slain and shed His blood in order that He may reconcile us to God. 

May God bless you all. 

Brother James Musumba 
RO. Box 616 
Kapenguria, Kenya (EA.) 

UNHOLY ALLIANCES 

Luke 23:12, "And the same day Pilate and Herod were made 
friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves." 

One of the greatest points of confusion within Christendom is 
the difference between respect for those within the Christian faith 
who differ in interpretation and methods and the ecumenical move- 
ment. 

In this study we find that both Pilate and Herod found the Lord 



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Jesus Christ innocent of any crime. Yet, neither was willing to ab- 
solve Him of guilt. While holding political authority over the Jews, 
they nonetheless, desired popular approval from the people. 

We can reasonably assume that both Pilate and Herod had 
heard about Jesus before and were aware that He was more than 
an ordinary man, according to reports. We can be absolutely cer- 
tain that this was true of Herod for we read in the eighth verse of 
this chapter, "And when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceeding glad: 
for he was desirous to see him of a long season, because he had 
heard many things of him; and he hoped to have seen some miracle 
done by him." 

Strangely enough, Pilate and Herod have several things in com- 
mon with the modern ecumenical movement. First, we find that a 
friendship was formed because of the person of the Lord Jesus 
Christ where before there had been enmity between them. The 
modern ecumenical movement uses the Lord Jesus Christ as a 
point of unity. They rightly declare that it is the will of the Lord for all 
Christians to be One. 

Secondly, we find that Pilate and Herod desired the approval of 
the people. The modern ecumenical movement desires to be all 
things to all people. They rightly teach that the Lord Jesus Christ 
joins us together as one body. 

A third point for our consideration was that both Pilate and Herod 
found Jesus Christ innocent of any crime. The modern ecumenical 
movement correctly teaches that Jesus Christ is superior to any 
other individual who ever walked the earth. 

The problem with Pilate and Herod and the modern ecumeni- 
cal movement is that they both do not go far enough in their under- 
standing. It was wonderful that a long held animosity was recon- 
ciled between Pilate and Herod. But the reconciliation did not bring 
about a desire for truth and righteousness. A large percentage of 
the ecumenical movement believes and teaches that truth is rel- 
evant only as understood by various opinions. In other words there 
is no such thing as absolute truth. Therefore they believe that no 
final statement can be made on such issues as abortion and homo- 
sexuality, along with other social issues with religious significance. 

It was not entirely wrong for Pilate and Herod to desire to hear 



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the opinions of those over whom they ruled. But it was wrong to 
allow the people to condemn an innocent individual when the evi- 
dence proved otherwise. The modern ecumenical movement goes 
beyond a desire to hear what others are saying. They are willing to 
compromise the truth of Holy Scripture to accommodate the de- 
sires of the multitudes. 

The greatest error of Pilate and Herod was that they did not 
recognize Jesus Christ for who He really was. This is also true of a 
large percentage within the ecumenical movement. Most of them 
would agree that Jesus Christ is superior to other religious leaders. 
All of them would agree that He is A way to Heaven. But very few of 
them would affirm that Jesus Christ is THE (only) WAY, THE (only) 
TRUTH andTHE (only) LIFE. The vast majority of these individuals 
believe and teach that Jesus Christ is A son of God.. They also 
teach that all mankind is the sons and daughters of God. Very few 
within the ecumenical movement would describe Jesus Christ as 
THE (only begotten) Son of God. Fewer yet would recognize Him 
as God the Son. 

It is the desire of the Lord Jesus Christ that there be reconcilia- 
tion between people. It is His desire that we be one. But this must 
be founded on the truth of Holy Scripture. Pilate and Herod did not 
have the completed Scriptures. We do. Let us desire to follow the 
scriptures in all things. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 1 7078-2704 

MEDIOCRITY 

(Or why doesn't the Dunkard Brethren Church grow?) 
Mediocrity - just what does that word mean? The dictionary 
describes it as the quality or state of being mediocre-moderate ability 
or value. Mediocre means "of moderate or low excellence." Aver- 
age-just getting by-just holding on. 

I have thought much on the lack of growth of our beloved Broth- 
erhood. We started over seventy years ago with dozens of small 
groups of believers who saw real problems in the existing church 



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and separated themselves to hold on to the convictions they had as 
they read and understood the Word. Then over the next few years 
some of these small groups either merged with nearby congrega- 
tions or died out entirely. I do not have access to exact numbers but 
we now have about thirty congregations with eight hundred to one 
thousand members (maybe) and at least half of the congregations 
have twenty-five or fewer members. 

I heard a very interesting statement from the pulpit recently. It 
went something like this, "a church that stops growing and matur- 
ing is probably dead. If you have a plant, an animal, or even a 
human that stops growing or maturing, we call it dead. It would 
seem the same could hold true for a church." 

How did the early church grow? There were three basic ways. 

1 . Internally - they taught their children and won them to the Lord. 

2. Externally - they witnessed to their friends and neighbors and 
won them to the Lord. 

3. Evangelistically - new churches were planted by an evangelist 
or small group of believers with one or more preachers at each 
place. Then as they grew, they sent more out to start one or 
more other churches. 

How has the average (there's that word again) Dunkard church 
stacked up to these methods of growth? We keep a few of our own 
children, win very few neighbors to the Lord, and we have started 
less than ten new congregations in the last fifty years and most of 
them have died for lack of enough people or a minister to feed the 
flock. 

Are we dead? Or are we just trying to be average-just getting 
by-just holding on? 

I feel led to submit a few observations. 

1 . We as a people either don't know how (or just don't attempt) to 
witness or lead others to the Lord. 

2. We as a people have our roots too deep in our communities or 
jobs or families to pick up and go to help establish new churches. 

3. We as a people seem to be too timid to speak freely about the 
Lord to others-even to those of our own congregations at times. 

4. Most of us don't know our Bible nearly as well as we should. 



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5. We as a people are afraid to change anything we do when it 
comes to spiritual things, even if the change is good. 

The Bible speaks in many places of how we should live this 
Christian life. First we have the Great Commission as given to us in 
Matt. 28:19-20. We are taught in many places we are not to bury 
our talents but to use them to the glory of the Lord-that the Lord's 
kingdom may grow and expand. The Bible speaks of striving for 
perfection; it teaches us to bring our firstfruits; it teaches us to be 
good stewards for our Master. What if the apostles and Christians 
of the early church spread the Gospel as we do? 

This was submitted in love and as something for us to think on; 
and not only think on, but act on as the Lord may lead us. Are we 
just practicing mediocrity or are we concerned enough about souls 
in these last few days to do whatever we can for the kingdom of the 
Lord? It has been encouraging to see the work in Africa, Haiti, and 
other new endeavors that have started and I praise God for it. As 
God opens doors, let's go through them as He calls us. 

Your brother in Christ, 
Brother John Meyers 

OBITUARY 

MILDRED KREINER 

Sis. Mildred W. Kreiner was born November 10:1909, to 
Theodore and Cevilla Myers near North Canton, Ohio, and departed 
this life on January 1 9, 1 998, in the Aultman Hospital, at the age of 
88 years, 2 months and 9 days. She had resided in the North Can- 
ton area her entire life and at an early age accepted Christ as her 
Savior and remained faithful to her Lord all her life. She became a 
charter member of the Orion Dunkard Brethren Church in 1926, 
and was the last charter member of the congregation. 

In 1 930 she was united in marriage to Lowell Kreiner and in this 
home was born Jean, Carol, Ted and Kathi. She is survived by her 
son, Ted, of West Unity, Ohio, and daughter, Kathi Grishaber of North 
Canton, ten grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, and a sis- 
ter, lona Allen of North Canton. She was preceded in death by her 
husband, Lowell, in 1993, and daughters, Jean Browning in 1993 
and Carol Piggot in 1962, and a brother, Paul Myers. 



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Services were conducted in the Karlo & Sons Funeral Home, 
on January 23, 1 998, at 1 1 :00 A.M. by Elder Harley Flory, assisted 
by Elder H. Edward Johnson. Burial was in the North Canton Cem- 
etery with Pastor Reid Firestone in charge. 

MEETING NOTICES 

April 3-4 - Second District Meeting, Pleasant Ridge, Ohio. 

April 5-12 - Plevna, Indiana Revival. 

April 1 1 - First District Meeting, Lititz, Pennsylvania. 

April 11 -Third District Meeting, Quinter, Kansas. 

April 10-12 - Fourth District Meeting, Pleasant Home, California. 

June 6-10 - 1998 General Conference, West Milton, Ohio. 

LOVEFEAST NOTICES 
April 11 - Plevna, Indiana. 
April 1 1 - Quinter, Kansas. 
April 1 1 - Pleasant Home, California. 
April 25 - Grandview, Missouri. 
April 25 - West Fulton, Ohio. 
April 26 - Bethel, Pennsylvania. 
May 3 - Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 
May 16 - Dayton, Virginia. 
May 17 - Lititz, Pennsylvania. 
May 24 - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. 

NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The new address of Bro. Rod Renicker is P.O. Box 1161, Salida, 
CA 95368. His telephone number remains the same. 

DIRECTORY OF INFORMATION CORRECTION 

The address of Sis. Delia Ebling is 81 Dry Hollow Rd., Bernville, 
PA 1 9506. Her telephone number remains the same. 



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GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 
The Grandview Congregation will have Lovefeast Services on 
Saturday, April 25 at 6:00 RM. Other services that day will be at 
1 1 .00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Services on Sunday will be at 1 0:00 A.M. 
and 2:00 RM. Please come and worship with us during these (or 
any) services! 

Sister Deena Andrews, Cor. 
WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Waynesboro Congregation is looking forward to their 
Lovefeast Service on May 3. Come and worship with us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 
THANK YOU 
All you who made my 90th birthday a happy time, a hearty 
thanks. I appreciated all of the cards even if they were late Ninety- 
seven cards were received. God bless you all. I love you. 

Sister Ethel Whitmer 
THANK YOU 
We would like to thank everyone for their part in sending cards 
and making telephone calls for our sixtieth wedding anniversary. 
We were thankful for the surprise they had for us at church, includ- 
ing the beautiful cake. It all helped to make our day GREAT. God 
Bless everyone. 

Brother Edward and Sister Pauletta Johnson 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MAY 1998 

May 3 - God's Victory At Ai - Joshua 8:1-29. 

1 . Why was Israel allowed to keep for themselves the spoil 
and cattle of Ai while at Jericho they were commanded to 
destroy them? 

2. What method did God through Joshua use at Ai to make 
the walls and gates of the city ineffective? 

May 10 - MOTHER'S DAY - Ruth 1:1-22. 

1 . Explain the motherhood of Naomi to her daughters-in- 
law. 



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2. Why was Ruth so devoted to Naomi? 
May 17 - Joshua Builds An Altar - Joshua 8:30-35. 

1 . Why did Joshua build an altar? 

2. What was the purpose of Joshua reading before the con- 
gregation the entire Book of the Law? 

May 24 - REVERENCE - Ex. 3:1-6, 20:1 2, I Pet. 3:1-6, I Tim. 5:1-3. 

1 . How can we show our reverence for God and the things 
of God? 

2. Explain reverence as it applies to God's order of headship. 
May 31 - Israel's Mistake - Joshua 9:1-15. 

1 . How could we be deceived today by friendly strangers? 

2. Why did not Joshua seek God's counsel before making a 
peace agreement with these strangers? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MAY 1 998 

May 3 -Accountability- Luke 16:19-31, Ezek. 18:20, Rom. 14:12. 

1 . To whom are we individually accountable? 

2. For whom are we accountable? 
May 10 - MOTHER'S DAY - Ruth 1 :1-22. 

1 . Name the qualities that made Naomi a good mother. 

2. What characteristics demonstrated here in the life of Ruth 
would later help her be a good mother? 

May 1 7 - The Parable Of Wheat And Tares - Matt. 1 3:24-43. 

1 . How can a tare be identified? 

2. Why are the tares allowed to continue growing? 
May 24 - The Temptation Of Christ - Luke 4:1-1 9. 

1. What was the purpose of Jesus being tempted by the 
devil? 

2. How did Jesus refute the temptations of the devil? 
May 31 - Attire - Deut. 22:5, Isa. 3:1 8-23, Matt. 6:25-32, 1 Tim. 2:8-1 

1. Why is it so important that our attire be gender specific 
and not cross gender? 

2. Explain the meaning of modest attire. 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred 0. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, I A 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Daie E.Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer 

42 Doe Run Road 

Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C.Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 
1138E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Mike Wray, Secretary 
R.5 Box 98 
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H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 
1307 S.H.108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, I A 50003 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis StJohn, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold,OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 

4025 Woodland Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95358 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 



Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Paul Nell 

Woodland Drive 

R6 Box 6119 

Spring Grove, PA 17403-9489 

(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 



Mike Wray 
R 5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center.lA 50063 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar,MO 64078 

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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXVI 



MAY 1998 



NO. 5 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



ACCORDING TO THY GRACIOUS WORD 

According to thy gracious word, 
In meek humility, 
This will I do, my dying Lord, 
I will remember Thee. 

Thy body, broken for my sake, 
My bread from heav'n shall be; 
Thy testamental cup I take, 
And thus remember Thee. 

Gethsemane can I forget? 
Or there Thy conflict see, 
Thine agony and bloody sweat, 
And not remember Thee? 



When to the cross I turn mine eyes, 
And rest on Calvary, 

Lamb of God, my Sacrifice, 

1 must remember Thee. 

-James Montgomery 



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ISAAC'S WELLS 

In desert areas, water is very necessary to produce crops and 
to water livestock. Since there is little water on the surface, it is 
necessary to dig wells to have access to that water. These wells 
may be quite deep. It takes a great deal of effort to dig these wells. 
Once a well is dug and producing, it is very valuable. The owner of 
a good well has a possession that he wants to keep. 

Isaac's attitude concerning these valuable wells illustrates les- 
sons for Christians today. The story of Isaac's wells is told in Gen- 
esis 26, so it would be well for each to read that account. 

After being sent from the Philistines, because of their jealousy 
of his riches, Isaac went to the Valley of Gerar. There he found the 
wells Abraham had dug many years before. After the death of 
Abraham, the Philistines had filled them. It would be necessary to 
redig and clean them out. They must be restored to produce water 
for his herds. 

The restoring and cleaning of these wells speaks of a need to 
look back with appreciation to the works of our fathers. Isaac wanted 
to restore the wells of his father. Many Christians need to restore 
the values, practices and Spiritual strengths of their Spiritual forefa- 
thers. Over the years their Spiritual wells have become contami- 
nated with the dirt and debris of the world. Their lives and posses- 
sions have been used for purposes other than what was intended 
by God. Many need to repent, so they might have progress. So 

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much that is thought to be progressive is actually tainted with the 
world's debris. Their wells have been filled with pleasures and pos- 
sessions that have not yielded Spiritual fruit in their lives. Isaac 
was willing to invest his time and effort to restore the wells of his 
father, instead of seeking wells somewhere else. When those wells 
were restored they were productive. If he had digged new wells 
following the ideas of the people around him, they would have been 
dry or contaminated wells that could not produce the desired water. 

After Isaac's servants had cleaned out the first two wells, the 
herdmen of that country strove for those wells. They recognized 
that Isaac's wells were good wells. They appreciated those wells, 
although they had not had the ambition to clean them out after be- 
ing filled. Now that Isaac had cleaned them out, they wanted them. 
They knew a good thing when they saw it. 

What reaction would be expected from Isaac? He had just in- 
vested a great deal of time and labor in the restoring of these wells. 
He was expecting rewards from his investment. He knew that he 
had something valuable. The people who wanted the wells also 
realized how valuable they were. 

Isaac's reaction was not the expected reaction. Rather than 
strive with the herdmen of Gerar, he told his servants to let them 
have the well. He moved to another well. That well he restored. 
The herdmen of Gerar also strove to get that well. Again, Isaac 
allowed them to have it without a struggle. He moved to the third 
well. That well was restored. That well was not demanded by his 
neighbors, so he could use it for his purposes. 

A lesson for today's Christian is contained in Isaac's method of 
handling these contentious situations. In a time when resistance 
and revenge were approved, Isaac reacted in an unexpected way. 
He allowed the grasping herdmen to have the wells that they were 
striving to obtain. Isaac moved on to the next filled well. How often 
do Christians become so attached to their valuable possessions 
that they become contentious over them. Isaac's wells were prob- 
ably more valuable in that economy than many possessions that 
we would contend to retain. 

The Mosaic Law had told them that "an eye for an eye, and a 
tooth for a tooth" was the accepted way to deal with differences. 



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Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, gave a higher method of deal- 
ing with these situations. He spoke of turning the other cheek and 
receiving not only one or two adverse strokes but to continue to 
receive the blows of the world without resorting to the world's way 
of dealing with unfair situations. He demonstrated that philosophy 
when He called for their forgiveness in the midst of His crucifixion. 

The doctrine of non-resistance is not merely a compilation of 
words and Biblical references, it is a way of dealing with everyday 
situations. Little is fair in this world, so the Christian should be 
prepared to demonstrate this doctrine often. 

What would you have done if you had been in the place of Isaac? 

Would you have striven with the herdmen of Gerar, or would you 
have moved on to another well and cleaned it out too? 

Isaac was blessed for cleaning out those wells and restoring 
them as Abraham had established them. We can be blessed today 
for restoring the old, established Spiritual wells of our fathers, in- 
cluding the oft-neglected doctrine of nonresistance. 

M.C.Cook 

LESSONS FROM THE FIRST GRADE 

As a teacher of first graders, I sometimes feel I am learning a 
lot, too. I have had lessons about life, lessons in faith, in patience, 
and in love. (I have also learned things the parents would be sur- 
prised I know!) 

My students have given some good lessons in faith. It is easy 
for us to doubt and be skeptical, but the children can trust God and 
not have that wavering. Adults can take heed to the little ones and 
trust God, believing that He can do anything. 

The mother of my student, Jordan, is expecting. Jordan and his 
brothers are hoping for another boy. One of them said, "Well, even 
if it is a girl now, God can do anything so He can change it to a boy!" 

One year we had pet guinea pigs in our classroom. The chil- 
dren really enjoyed them, holding and playing with them, and car- 
ing for them. The baby guinea pigs were squirmy, and one was 
accidentally dropped while being held by a student. It broke its 
neck and died in a few minutes. All the children felt bad, and some 



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were crying. We took the guinea pig out and buried it at the edge of 
the field. (This all happened before we had even started our day.) 
When we came in from the burial, we had devotions, and I prayed, 
as usual. As soon as I was finished, hands started waving. "You 
forgot to pray for the guinea pig!" I had thought of it, but did not 
know what to say. So I asked them. "Jesus can make it come alive," 
was the response. They truly had the faith that the dead guinea pig 
could be revived. Several weeks later the farmer began his spring 
plowing. Laura, a student, was worried. "Jesus better hurry and 
make the guinea pig come alive!" she said, still believing. 

"Is anything too hard for the Lord?" Genesis 18:14. "Ah, Lord 
God! behold thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great 
power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee." 
Jeremiah 32:17. 

Yes, Jesus can do anything! We need to grasp that faith, like 
the children have, and trust in the Lord. 

Sister Arlene Birt 

WHAT DOES WORSHIP MEAN TO US AS CHRISTIANS 

We sing, "O, Worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness." These 
words are found in I Chronicles 16:29, as written in the song of 
praise to the Lord that King David sang as the Ark of the Covenant 
was moved from Obededom's house to the tent that David had pre- 
pared for it in Bethlehem. The words are also found in Psalms 29:2 
and 96:9. 

Holiness is the act of being dedicated to God. In the beauty of 
this dedication, we are to worship Him. 

What, then, is the meaning of worship? 

Webster says, "Reverence or devotion for a deity; a church ser- 
vice or other rite showing religious homage " Nelson's Bible dictio- 
nary says, "Reverent devotion and allegiance pledged to God; the 
rituals or ceremonies by which this reverence is expressed " 

We are not to worship Him in vain. Jesus, in quoting Isaiah the 
prophet, to the Scribes and Pharisees, said, "This people draweth 
nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but 
their heart is far from me, teaching for doctrines the command- 



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merits of men." Matthew 15:8-9. 

We are to worship Him in spirit; God is a spirit: and they that 
worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24. 

In Revelation, the four and twenty elders, which sat before God, 
fell upon their faces, and worshipped the Lord God Almighty, "which 
art, and wast, and art to come, because thou hast taken to thee thy 
great power, and hast reigned." Revelation 1 1 :16-17. 

Jesus told Satan, "Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and 
Him only shalt thou serve" If you remember, Satan had promised 
Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and their glory, if He would bow 
down and worship him (Satan). It would seem that this is what is 
happening in the world today. Satan is tempting, and people are 
worshipping the creature rather than the creator. 

How worshipful is our worship? 

May God help us more and more to truly know how to worship 
Him. 

In His Love, 

Brother Paul and Sister Dorothy Nell 

PREPARING TO MEET WITH GOD 

As we look at Hebrews 4:13, it says, "Neither is there any crea- 
ture that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and 
open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." We realize 
that the God we serve is an all-knowing God and there is nothing 
that is hidden from His sight. 

I was made to think of something when one of our daughters 
had a list of notes that were taken in class concerning how to con- 
duct an interview, if we were to go apply for a job. The first portion 
dealt with the proper way to set up an appointment, what to say, 
and how to act when you go to the front desk. Then when you get 
into the manager's office for the interview, it told the proper things 
to say and how you are to act and so forth. The intent was to natu- 
rally make a good impression, so that they would think favorably of 
you and offer you a job. 

It also went into a list of some things a manger would not want 
to see in an applicant or even after he got the job. If we were to 



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think of our meeting together in worship services not only just to 
worship God, but knowing that we could meet God in person, what 
kind of impression would we leave? What kind of impression would 
our interview with Him make? Would it be favorable? Would He 
hire us as a servant? Would He be glad to have us on His work 
force? Or would He be ready to let us go? 

One of the things on the list was no organization or sloppiness . 
I was made to wonder, how many times is our preparation more the 
quick, throw-some-notes-in-the-Bible, as we are tearing out the door, 
trying to fasten our coats, so we are not late for worship? Is that 
about all the preparation we give toward this interview that we are 
going to have with our Lord? 

The second thing was laziness or having to be told everything . 
What if we already have the job? What does our Lord see in our 
work ethics? Do we follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit that we 
might have from time to time? Or do we have to be struck down as 
the Apostle Paul was, in order to get our attention? 

Another thing was call in sick, arrive late, leave early, refuse 
overtime , and to constantly ask for raises . Is that our spiritual out- 
look on life? Do we have any kind of excuse that we can possibly 
come up with to avoid work and avoid going to the house of God? 
After we get there, do we try to leave just as quickly as we can, so 
that we can get back home and do other things? 

The fourth item was don't look at the clock or watch your watch , 
Sometimes I wonder if that's how we act in God's house. Are we 
constantly watching the clock to make sure that no one holds us 
over any longer than absolutely necessary? Or do we sit there 
looking forward to the dinner we can have once we get home and 
have an afternoon of rest and relaxation? We do not want anyone 
infringing on that right. 

Number five was don't be a quitter . What happens to our atti- 
tude when we go to the house of God and maybe things do not go 
quite like we want? Do we "throw in the towel" with a don't-care 
attitude? 

The sixth item is don't be a chronic complainer . Do we always 
have a "why me" attitude? What does God see in our hearts as we 
come forth to meet Him? Are we glad for the things He has given? 



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Do we manifest a cheerful spirit? Can we say with the Psalmist 
David that we are glad to be able to go to the house of God? 

Being a braggar t was the seventh item on the list. I was made 
to wonder, do we come before God with the same attitude that Christ 
told about in Luke 18:1 1-12? As God looks into our hearts as we 
come before His presence, is this the attitude that He sees in our 
hearts? An attitude that we are glad we are better than somebody 
else? 

Number eight was don't blame everyone else . Do we come 
forth with that? Something that happened was not really my fault. I 
would be a better individual if everyone around me would straighten 
up. If everyone did their job, I could do my job so much better. You 
know, it's pretty easy sometimes to make ourselves appear good if 
we can put someone else down. 

The ninth thing on the list was arrogant, conceited, rude, pushy, 
or moody. Does everyone at church know when we are having a 
"bad hair day?" 

The tenth item was don't say or do anything to disgrace the 
company. A lot of times if we work with an individual who has con- 
stantly bad-mouthed the management or whatever it might be, we 
know that attitude can soon catch on, and it soon spreads to others 
with whom we work. Eventually there could be many employees 
downcast, with low morale, and so forth. Are we guilty of that in 
God's house and those that are in leadership? "If I was in that 
position, I would do things a whole lot differently" 

Another thing mentioned was lying, stealing, cheating . Again, 
do we try to, or do we take from the company things that we feel is 
owed to us? Is that how we come to God's house, with the attitude 
that there is something that they owe to me? Or do we strive to 
advance ourselves over and above others, maybe by stepping on 
them? 

The last one on the list was need to show pride in your work 
and in your appearance . I wonder about my witness as I go forth 
from day to day. Am I willing to be recognized as a Christian? Am 
I willing for others to see that I am one of God's children, or do I 
rather hide it under a bushel, as Christ mentions. 

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employer. He is one who blesses us far and above that which we 
deserve. We can be pleased to say that we work for Him. That is 
something for which we can be glad. As we present ourselves to 
our Maker and Creator, what will the results of our interview be? 

Brother Stephen Blocher 
9946 U.S. Rt. 36 
Bradford, OH 45308 

SIGNS OF FALLING AWAY 

"And as he sat upon the mount of Olives , the disciples came 
unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and 
what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world? 
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man 
deceive you." Matthew 24:3-4. 

Many times during the ministry of Jesus, He was challenged by 
the people to show them signs that would convince them that He 
was indeed the Christ, the chosen one of God. He also was asked 
to reveal unto them the events that would precede His return. In 
this chapter of the gospel of Matthew, Jesus reveals to His disciples 
many of the events that would come to pass prior to His coming in 
glory. 

The Apostle Paul, when writing to the church at Thessalonica 
wrote, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not 
come, except there come a falling away first..." II Thessalonians 
2:3. 

A recent visit with an older brother has brought to light just how 
dramatically the activities and attitudes of the people of our nation, 
yes, even Christians have changed during my short lifetime. The 
Lord's Day, once observed by most in this nation as the day of rest 
for our bodies and day of reverence and worship to the God of 
Heaven, has been changed by many into the day of revenue and 
recreation. When I was a boy nearly all, if not all, of the businesses 
in our local towns were closed on Sunday to observe the Lord's 
Day. Today most restaurants, sports arenas, and shopping malls 
look to Sunday as one of the most profitable days of the week. A 
respected Christian financial adviser has surveyed the Christian 
community in America and found the results of these surveys inter- 



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esting but also disappointing. Professing Christians in America now 
give more money to financial institutions and credit card compa- 
nies, in interest, than they give in tithes, offerings, and other areas 
of benevolence. Add to that list: entertainment, recreation, and 
hobbies and the gap grows even wider. Many Christians put more 
into the pockets of restaurant owners following the Sunday morning 
service than they put into the offering plate. It seems that the words 
of the prophet Malachi cries out to America, yes, even Christians in 
America, "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, 
Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed 
with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring 
ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine 
house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will 
not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, 
that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke 
the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of 
your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in 
the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you 
blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts." 
Malachi 3:8-12. As the attendance at other places increase many 
seats in the churches in our nation are left empty. David made his 
desires known in Psalm 27:4, "One thing have I desired of the LORD, 
that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all 
the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire 
in his temple." Which seat will you or I desire to occupy? Let us 
encourage one another to dwell in the House of the Lord. 

Is America falling away? The signs are all around us. The 
question is, will we heed their warnings or will we drift along and 
soon find ourselves out of God's favor. May we use the time and 
talents God has given us to honor Him and share His love with 
others. 

Brother Dale Meyers 

WE,TOO, SERVE HIM 

Acts 2:46-47, "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the 
temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat 
with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having 



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favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily 
such as should be saved." 

I am sure I rejoice with all of you, the readers of the MONITOR, 
when I read of the successes of the missions in Africa. Every ar- 
ticle blesses my soul when I read of the great numbers baptized 
and the numbers gathering to hear the Blessed Word. Meanwhile, 
back in America, the land of complacency and indifference, our 
meetinghouses are closing and many are falling away. Be assured 
that what is going on in Africa did not happen by accident, just as 
the work in America did not happen by accident. 

We as a church as well as those who read the Monitor not of 
our fraternity, yet Brethren nonetheless, need to pray that God will 
visit us likewise to strengthen and increase our faith. Let us be in 
one accord, as they were at Pentecost, for the salvation of souls. 
Recently we saw the salvation of one of our sons. It is a glorious 
thing to see one entering the Kingdom of God. May we be worthy 
of him. May he enter a praying, preaching, supportive church that 
cares for his soul. May each member love him and pray for him 
daily. (Just as it should with the unsaved ones.) May this nurturing 
spirit draw others. Remember, it is the warmth of the saints that 
draws others. If we are cold toward the outside world let us repent 
of it and ask God to fill us with the warmth of the Holy Ghost. 

The people of Africa are hungry: not just for earthly food, but for 
heavenly. May we pray that this hunger might spread to the people 
of this land. It CAN happen, if we are faithful. May God grant it in 
our lifetime. If we are not faithful to the Word, then we may see, as 
England did, those that we evangelized coming to America to evan- 
gelize US. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

I CHANGE NOT 

This is the word of God in Mai. 3:6, Tor I am the Lord, I change 
not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." And in Heb. 
13:8, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." 

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are happening around you? As you read about the suffering of 
Christians around the world, or worse yet you read about Chris- 
tian^) leaders who doubt the divinity of Christ, and question the 
resurrection of Christ, are you frightened or frustrated?. 

We see throughout the scriptures that many times Satan tried 
to destroy the works of God, but God always prevailed. 

In the Garden, Satan prevailed upon Adam to challenge the 
command of God, thus bringing death upon all men, but God prom- 
ised a Seed to bruise the head of Satan. When Cain slew Abel, 
God promised a seed in Seth. Gen. 4:25, "And Adam knew his wife 
again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said 
she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain 
slew." 

As time went on mankind grew very wicked. Gen. 6:5, "And 
God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and 
that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil 
continually." 

So God said, I will destroy all this that I have created. "But 
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord " Gen. 6:8. So God pre- 
served a seed, because "...Noah was a just man and perfect in his 
generations, and Noah walked with God." 

It was not long after the flood until the wickedness of men again 
became very great, but God chose out a man called Abram, later 
named Abraham (a father of many nations). He gave Abraham 
many promises, but the greatest promise was that in his seed should 
all the nations of the earth be blessed. Paul makes it plain that this 
seed is Christ. Gal. 3:1 6, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the 
promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of 
one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." 

There were many whom God used to lead His people. After the 
children of Israel served the Egyptians over 400 years, the cry came 
up before God. Moses was called then to lead them out of bond- 
age. 

God took eighty years to prepare Moses for the work he had for 
him to do. Read about his birth, Ex. 2:1 -1 0, about his futile attempt 
to deliver his people by his own hand, and his flight into the desert, 
Ex. 2:1 1-25, Acts 7:19-36 and Heb. 1 1 :23-27. Then read of his call 



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by God to deliver his people, Ex. 3:1-20. 

Then there was Samuel. I Sam. 3:1-4, "And the child Samuel 
ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was 
precious in those days; there was no open vision. And it came to 
pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place and his eyes 
began to wax dim, that he could not see; And ere the lamp of God 
went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was and 
Samuel was laid down to sleep; That the Lord called Samuel'- and 
he answered, Here am I." 

There were many others too numerous to name here that God 
used to keep His promises to Israel. Some were Zerubbabel 
Jeshua, Nehemiah and Ezra. 

He used heathen rulers such as Nebuchadnazzer Dan 437 
and Cyrus, Isa. 44:24-28, II Chron. 36:22-23 and Ezra 1 :1 -4.' ' ' 
But all of these were not enough, Isa. 59:16, "And he saw that 
there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor 
therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteous- 
ness, it sustained him." Read through verse 21 . 

Eze. 22:30, "And I sought for a man among them, that should 
make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land 
that I should not destroy it: but I found none." 

Gal. 4:4-6, "But when the fulness of the time was come God 
sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law To re- 
deem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adop- 
tion of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the 
Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father." 

So we come to the One that God sent to make up the hedge 
and to stand in the gap. It will take another article to tell more of the 
One who came that we should not be destroyed with the land. 

We conclude this article with the thought of victory over all the 
acts of Satan. Jesus said, "I have overcome the world." John 1 6:33. 

Rev. 1 7:1 4, "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb 
shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings- and 
they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful." 

Please read Rev. 19:1-9, especially verse 7. 

If you are still afraid, take heart and sing: 



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A mighty fortress is our God, A bulwark never failing; 

Our helper He, amid the flood Of Mortal ills prevailing. 

For still our ancient foe Doth seek to work us woe, His craft and 
power are great; 

And armed with cruel hate, On earth is not his equal. 

Did we in our own strength confide, Our striving would be losing; 

Were not the right man on our side, The Man of God's own choos- 
ing. 

Dost ask what that may be? Christ Jesus; it is He; Lord Sabaoth His 

name, 

From age to age the same, And He must win the battle 

And though this world with devils filled, Should threaten to undo us; 

We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. 

The prince of darkness grim-We tremble not for him; His rage we 
can endure, 

For lo! his doom is sure, One little word shall fell him. 

That word above all earthly powers, No thanks to them, abideth; 

The Spirit and the gifts are ours Through Him who with us sideth. 

Let goods and kindred go, This mortal life also; The body they may 
kill. 

God's truth abideth still; His kingdom is forever. 

May God bless you all and keep you in the hollow of His hand. 

Brother William Carpenter 

NEVERTHELESS AFTERWARD 

I bowed my head into the north wind as I pushed my way to the 
house. At the moment two tremendous forces seemed in contest to 
drive me back; the icy edge of the northwestern storm against my 
body and the last bit of bad news weighing against my spirit. Then 
I heard it. Like angels in the wind playing the aeolian harp, each 



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new gust only reaching a more melodious note on the power lines 
as they guided my way to the warmth of our home and the plaque 
on the wall reassuring me; "He that dwelleth in the secret place of 
the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 
91:1. 

This happening brought afresh to my mind the truth of Hebrews 
12:1 1 , "Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, 
but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit 
of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby." 

We are not always sure of the reasons for the valleys or the 
trials we face, but we all face them! I believe they are for different 
reasons: some from God for our refining, our chastening, or per- 
haps to revive our faith and hope. Some may be trials of Satan to 
test our faith. However with each can be a "nevertheless after- 
ward". The final chapter can sometimes be penned by our deci- 
sions of response as in Deuteronomy chapter eight. Whatever the 
reason for the test, the message of the hymn writer is there to com- 
fort us: "Amid the trials which I meet there remains one thought 
supremely sweet, Thou thinkest Lord of me!" 

I believe the key to a blessing is found in the beginning of this 
twelfth chapter of Hebrews where the writer encourages us to "run 
with patience." He then sets forth our perfect example, "Looking 
unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that 
was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is 
set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him 
that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye 
be wearied and faint in your minds." One cannot help but think of 
His trial at the cross as He cried out to the Father, "My God, my 
God, why hast thou forsaken me?", and then the "afterwards" at the 
"throne of God." 

In Pilgrims Progress . Patience was willing to wait. As pilgrims 
to a better country yea a celestial city, are we willing to patiently 
wait? After the struggle, after the storm, after the why? Then the 
peaceable fruit! 

Job's servant came to him and said, "The fire of God is fallen 
from heaven, and both burned up the sheep, and the servants, and 
consumed them." This was only a part of Job's loss of all things; 



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and yet he said, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and na- 
ked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken 
away; blessed be the name of the Lord." And again he said, "Though 
He slay me, yet will I trust Him." As for the "latter end of Job", the 
"nevertheless afterward", the Word tells us it was a double blessing 
in this life and I believe most importantly life eternal! 

When the Apostle Paul reflected on his trials, he said, "we 
are. ..perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; 
cast down, but not destroyed;..." And the hymn writer echoes: 

The flame shall not hurt thee, 

I only design 
Thy dross to consume, 

And thy gold to refine. 

The challenges we face are not often in Sinai settings nor with 
ecclesiastical revelations, but in the everyday happenings of our 
living. As a midwestern farmer there has been more than one oc- 
casion during spring planting pressure, in which I found comfort in 
the following lines: 

Rain! Rain! 

Beating against the pane! 

How endlessly it pours, out of doors 

From the blackened sky... 

I wonder, "Why?" 

Flowers! Flowers! 

Upspringing after showers! 

Blossoming fresh and fair... everywhere! 

Ah! God has explained 

Why it rained. 

Peter said in chapter one, verse thirteen, "Wherefore gird up 
the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace 
that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." 
There, fellow Christian is the nevertheless afterward! 

Brother Fred Pifer 



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THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

Holy Living and Life's Possessions 

I would suggest that the greatest problem that young people 
and Christians, in general, have to overcome today is materialism. 
We need some strong guidelines in which to evaluate what materi- 
alism really is and how to live above it. 

Holy living and materialism have never been compatible. Even 
though we condemn it, we are plagued by its influence on our lives. 
It would seem that we can identify it in the lives of others much 
more easily than in our own lives. We begin to think that a material- 
ist is anyone who owns more than we do! 

Materialism can be defined on the basis of how much we own. 
If we own far more than we can use or need, we probably are caught 
up in this sin. Jesus did not teach against ownership of things. 
Even His disciples continued to own fishing boats and we know 
that Peter owned a home. We also know that Jesus borrowed a 
donkey from a disciple who owned it and he was buried in a tomb 
that belonged to a "rich" disciple, Joseph of Arimathea. 

The meaning of "needs" even differs from one culture to an- 
other. Depending on where we live in the world, our needs may 
change depending on our work, our outreach, and so forth. Prob- 
ably the most important thing about our possessions is our attitude 
about them. They are God's, of course, and we need to share them 
with others and praise the Giver for them. 

Materialism places value on things above people. The New 
Testament teaches us that people are most important and should 
be viewed in light of the Kingdom. 

How do we live holy lives in this materialistic society? 

1 . Recognize that there is never going to be equality in posses- 
sions but praise God for the gifts that He gives to you and be good 
stewards of these resources. 

2. Examine your relationship with things. Are you driven by a 
desire to have and to own? Is the best part of your life your accu- 
mulation of material goods? It will be hard to live a holy life in an 
atmosphere charged with anxiety and greed of acquiring material 
things. 



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3. Examine the values you show to others. If you are preaching 
material possessions with your life and actions, you are not a model 
of godliness. If you are motivated to be educated or trained just to 
gain more wealth, you need to re-evaluate your motivations. 

4. Look at the way you evaluate other people. Do not judge 
others by their clothes, their style, their status, their position. Judge 
them according to God's value system. 

5. Examine your spending habits. If endless shopping sprees 
are what you really hunger for, look again at your priorities. 

6. Learn to be good stewards of God's bountiful blessings. The 
resources you own may well be many or few, but take care of them 
as if someone else owned them. HE does! 

7. Learn more and more about God's will for you materially from 
reading His instruction manual - the Bible. I recommend the book 
of Titus as a good teaching source on this subject. Titus teaches us 
to live a life of temperance and godliness in this age of materialism. 

May God give you special insight into peace, contentment and 
financial happiness. 

Brother Len Wertz 

KENYA KNOTES 

The Volleyball Game 

Yesterday the youth were playing volleyball after church, when 
some of the local police showed up and wanted to play, too. So we 
let them. Big mistake. When they play, they play real technical. 
One man was being the referee and keeping score. He penalized 
my team for "improper rotation", and "bad reception". So I tried to 
explain to him that we do not play like that. Most of the youth here 
are new to volleyball. If we instated all those rules, the only people 
who would get to play would be the servers. I finally persuaded him 
to tone it down a little and we really had some fun then. 

On the way home, a friend and I had a very nice discussion on 
the pride and boastfulness, playing competitive sports can bring. 
Soccer is one of, if not the most, popular sport in Kenya. He told me 
that if someone kicks you and takes the ball, you will want to re- 
venge yourself. That is one reason, we both agreed, that volleyball 



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is a much better sport. It's not a contact sport. 

I want to thank all of you for the birthday cards! I wish I had time 
to write to each of you personally, but unfortunately, I do not. 

In Christian love, 
Brother William Scofield 
Safari 

For William's birthday we went on safari. First we went to a 
cave up in the hills of Ortum. We took our own lanterns. Two guides 
took us there. In the cave we found lots of bats, which fluttered all 
around us. There were also bugs, about two inches long, which 
had tunneled under the four-inch-deep bat dookie, making the cave 
floor alive with motion. 

After the cave we went to a game reserve to see some elephants. 
Well, we ended up driving around the game reserve for about an 
hour, seeing baboons, spider monkeys, little one foot high things 
that look like gazelles, but no elephants. 

At one point, Dad and one of the military officers, who accom- 
panied us, with their AK-47's and G-3's, had to get out and throw 
rocks in a ditch in the road so we could get by. Then we turned a 
corner and there were four elephants forty feet away. One reared 
back, raised its trunk, and let out a big snort, then turned and ran 
into the thick bush. After that we only saw the elephants at two 
hundred yards with binoculars. There were about twenty of them. 
They rolled in the dirt, hid behind bushes, and kept their distance. 
All in all, it was a good safari. 

Brother Matthew Scofield 

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour. 

I want to thank everyone for the support you have given in the 
way of prayers and letters. It is such a joy to hear from home and 
know we are being lifted before our Father in prayer. 

We have been thinking a great deal about home and Confer- 
ence soon coming. How we enjoy attending Conference. We will 
surely miss it this year. Our prayers will be with you as you gather 
for teaching at Conference this year, but we are certainly learning a 
lot in Kenya. 



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This has been a time of great growth for the four of us. We have 
known for sometime that it is in teaching and sharing God's Word 
that we ourselves grow. When you are put to the test, you grow 
even more! Everyday is filled with test and trials. Everyday we are 
reminded who supplies us with the strength to continue. We have 
days of great frustration, but we count it all joy that we are able to 
serve our Lord here in Kenya. 

God be with you as you meet at Conference. We will be with 
you in Spirit. 

A fellow servant of our Lord 
Sister Terry Scofield 

Greetings from Kenya, dear brothers and sisters in Jesus pre- 
cious name. 

March 26, our family made a visit to the church in Uganda. The 
van found a few smooth and wide roads to share with the people, 
animals, bicycles, pushcarts, tractors, taxis and trucks found on all 
the roads of Kenya and Uganda. After replacing a new tube, that 
was ruined by a rock left inside when the new tires were purchased 
one week earlier (tubeless tire technology is rare), we arrived safely 
at Peter's house in Kampala. 

Uganda has much more rain than Kenya. Bananas grow every- 
where. Everything is green. The air is heavy and humid. Birds 
sound like toy whistles. Large ravens wear bibs for dinner. Storks 
glide through the city. 

Small business is thriving in both Kenya and Uganda. A mod- 
est business can be started with ten dollars in a small wood shed. 
There are thousands of these. Some may only be a feed sack filled 
with "cold" sodas. 

Most buildings and homes are built of brick and mortar with a 
tin roof in Uganda. The mud, stick and thatch homes of Kenya 
would melt in the Ugandan rains. 

At Peter's we discovered a leak in the clutch hydraulic linkage. 
While getting repairs, I realized Kampala was a good place to get 
parts for the van because most all taxis there are the same model. 
Enroute to the auto repair shop we discovered a "Dominos Pizza." 
Menu investigation revealed toppings including salami, bologna, Nile 



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perch, banana, mango and avocado topped with sour cheese, no 
sauce, with spicy ketchup in a bottle on the table. Delivery was 
available by motor scooter. 

The evening custom in Uganda is to work until 6:00 P.M., return 
home, do chores, bathe and be ready for supper at 10:00 P.M. I 
spent at least one late night till 1:00 A.M. talking about the Bible, 
doctrine, beliefs, ideas and "what ifs". 

The building Brother Verling worked on was finished very nicely 
with fluorescent light, smooth floor and walls, and glass in the door 
and windows. Eleven boarding students call it home. Three offices 
were built next to it, which are almost finished. 

I had several opportunities to address the students. I told them 
stories of swords and idols and fires and life and death and begin- 
ning and endings. We found an interested group at church on Sun- 
day and gave Bibles to diligent members. Pray that these mustard 
seeds in Uganda grow to be mighty trees in God's Kingdom. 

God's Peace 
Brother Tim Scofield 

BWANA ASIFIWE (PRAISE GOD) 

I thank the African Mission Board for sending Sister Terry 
Scofield to Kenya. I believe as time goes by we shall learn and 
benefit more spiritually from her. 

The love that God gave Sister Terry has been manifested in 
many ways. It has helped many sisters to come out of their getting 
acquainted period safely. Her teachings have improved our rela- 
tionships within our families. 

Surely I am impressed with how God created her. I wonder 
how a woman can commit herself to work for the Lord and at the 
same time care for her family. These are the heaviest tasks one 
can think of. 

Sister Terry has entered terrible places no matter what kind of 
hardships she undergoes. She does not mind the worst situations 
around her, but is only more determined to work for the Lord. I 
encourage her to continue like that for she will be rewarded by God. 

I have personally been convinced and challenged in such a 



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way that I have decided to join her and work for the Lord. 

Medical services have been dealt with accordingly by Sister 
Terry. This is another gift that she received from God and she is 
using it wisely 

It is my prayer that God will care for her and sustain her for the 
whole period she will be here with us. May God give her knowledge 
and power to continue teaching us in all aspects of life. 

May God bless you all. 

Yours in Christ, 

Sister Florence Ayiecha Ambundo 

FIRST OF ALL 

...Supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, 
De made for all men." I Tim. 2:1 . This was the admonition that the 
Apostie t } aul gave is young spiritual son, Timothy early in his min- 
istry We sometimes hear the saying "put first things first", but it is 
seldom applied to putting God first. Usually He is put last rather 
than first, as it should be. But the Bible says, "seek ye first the 
kingdom of God, ...and ALL these things shall be added unto you." 
That is not man's promise, that is God's promise, and He cannot lie. 
God keeps His promises. He always has, and He always will. 

Yet, man still measures God by man's measure. As I have heard 
it said, "man measures in his own half bushel", which means as we 
are ourselves so we measure other people. This is not the way God 
operates. 

He always tells the truth regardless of what man believes or 
does, because God is truthful, righteous, and holy. We should strive 
to be likewise, true followers of Him. Then we will never need to 
fear what man will do unto us, because of the help of His Holy 
Spirit, and His Holy Angels, who have charge to take care of us. 
Whether we live or die we belong to Him, who is the King of the 
universe and will save our souls eternally. The dross or the weak in 
spirit or those who fail to live in faith and works will be cast out into 
outer darkness, where there will be weeping and wailing and gnash- 
ing of teeth. 

Today is the day of salvation, harden not your hearts and pray, 



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pray, pray and fast holding constantly to God's truths putting your 
trust in Him who is able to keep you from the evil one who was cast 
out of Heaven and has created havoc for man ever since Adam and 
Eve in the Garden of Eden. 

When we are tempted to follow the ways of the world in our 
lives, thinking we will have company by mingling with the crowd that 
the Apostle Paul mentions in his letter to Timothy in II Tim. 3:1-8. 
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For 
men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, 
blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without 
natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, 
despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lov- 
ers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godli- 
ness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away, For of 
this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly 
women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, 
and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as 
Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the 
truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith." 

The remainder of the chapter gives us Paul's exhortation con- 
cerning what we must do if we are the children of God. What we 
are to do to be accounted worthy of obtaining the promises, which 
will not fail, which were given by Elohim, who is truth. He created 
all things and has given them freely to all mankind. He cannot lie. 

As for me I consider it a great privilege to be recognized as a 
Christian by the world. It has been the opening of some lasting 
friendships. It has given many opportunities for Bible discussions 
on parts of the Bible that other people were unaware of being in the 
Bible. I find people out there in spiritual darkness who are hungry 
for the true Gospel, the Word of God, not for some watered-down, 
religious belief. I find that people, when confronted with theWord of 
God, which they recognize as the truth, will take the truth without ill 
feelings, when tactfully presented. 

One example is a dear soul who with her husband and five 
children had been reared in an old, old denomination that has drifted 
far from Biblical truth. They took to the study of the Bible to know 
and believe just what it says. The result was they left the church 
they were reared in and went in search of a Bible church. My last 



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account of her was that they had visited many churches, none of 
which they considered Biblical, so they gathered their family to- 
gether regularly and studied the Bible at home. 

We certainly are living in a world of deception that reminds me 
of a good piece of cheese in the garbage— it is tainted. The Scrip- 
tures have been subtracted from, added to, to mean differently than 
the original Word of God. Dear reader let me tell you, beware of the 
late versions of the Bible. Satan has been at work almost six thou- 
sand years putting into the hearts of men and women rules and 
regulations that are in disobedience to the original Word of Elohim. 
That disobedience will put them into an everlasting furnace of sin 
and fiery brimstone. That is what God says in His Word, at least in 
our older versions of the Bible. God is still truth and cannot lie. 
"Everlasting" means just as long for the wicked as it does for the 
righteous. "And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: 
but the righteous into life eternal." Man. 25:46. 

Please read the last chapter of Revelation which tells what will 
happen to the souls of people who have changed God's Word. It is 
high time we study our dependable old version Bibles daily and 
pray, pray, pray There is not much of what we call time left to get 
right and be accepted of Him who made all things for His honor and 
glory. The greatest destruction of this sinful world that has ever 
been since Adam is practically upon us and the foolish virgins are 
sleeping on. 

Prepare for the future, put on the whole armour of God, that ye 
may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Please read 
Eph. 6:10-18. Get right with God so that when the time of tribula- 
tion comes upon us and the foolish virgins are sleeping on that we 
the righteous can patiently draw comfort and deliverance from our 
heavenly source. Please read all of Hebrews 2 in connection with 
this article, and waste no time in being ready or the door to the 
Marriage Supper may be shut by the time you get ready like it was 
for the five foolish virgins. 

Take My Life 

Take my life, and let it be Consecrated, Lord, to Thee. 

Take my moments and my days; Let them flow in ceaseless 
praise. 



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Take my hands, and let them move At the impulse of Thy love. 
Take my feet, and let them be Swift and beautiful for Thee. 

Take my voice, and let me sing, Always, only, for my King. 
Take my lips, and let them be Filled with messages from Thee. 
Take my silver and my gold; Not a mite would I withhold. 
Take my intellect, and use Every pow'r as Thou shalt choose. 

Take my will, and make it Thine; It shall be no longer mine. 
Take my heart, it is Thine own; It shall be Thy royal throne. 
Take my love; my Lord, I pour At Thy feet its treasure-store. 
Take myself, and I will be Ever, only, all for Thee. 

-Frances R. Havergal 
Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

MEETING NOTICES 

June 6-10 - 1998 General Conference, West Milton, Ohio. 
July 12-19 - Revival Meeting, Hart, Michigan 
July 24-Aug.2 - Revival Meeting, Englewood, Ohio 

LOVEFEAST NOTICES 
May 3 - Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 
May 16- Dayton, Virginia. 
May 17 - Lititz, Pennsylvania. 
May 24 - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania. 
July 18 -Hart, Michigan 

NEWS ITEMS 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 
June 6 — 10, 1998 

Directions to the Memorial Holiness Camp Grounds located one 
and one-half mile southwest of West Milton, Ohio on Jay Road. 
Those traveling from the north on I-75 should take exit 73, route 55 



26 BIBLE MONITOR 



and go west to route 48. Go south to Garland Road (approximately 
one-half mile south of West Milton), then west to Jay Road, then 
north to grounds. 

Those coming from the north on route 127, take route 571 to 
route 48, proceed south to Garland Road and follow signs to 
grounds. 

Those coming from east or west on I-70 should take exit 29 and 
proceed north on route 48 to Garland Road, turn left and follow 
signs. 

By plane, come to Dayton International Airport and call the camp 
grounds for someone to pick you up. Those coming by bus, come 
to Dayton. There is local bus service from downtown Dayton to 
West Milton. The camp grounds telephone number is (937)698- 
9387. 

If possible, bring your own bedding. There will be bedding avail- 
able at the grounds for those who cannot bring their own. 
There are plenty of camper hook-ups available. 
Send all reservations to: 

Bro. Don Hostetler 

8383 Arcanum-Bears Mill Rd. 

Greenville, OH 45331 

(937)548-7382 

UPDATE ON THE DUNKARD BRETHREN HISTORY BOOK 

PROJECT 

As was reported in the December 1997 issue of The Bible 
Monitor, the Dunkard Brethren History Committee has been orga- 
nized and commissioned to produce a book of Dunkard Brethren 
History by the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the 
Dunkard Brethren Church, which is the year 2001 . If you have not 
read that article, it would be well if you would dig up that issue of 
The Bible Monitor and read it. 

To date, several exciting responses have been received, and I 
am happy to report that the work is slowly beginning to move for- 
ward. To document the history of the Dunkard Brethren Church is 
quite a challenging task, because in many cases the records were 
not kept too clearly or precisely. However, we are doing the best we 



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can under the circumstances. Your assistance is of utmost impor- 
tance! 

A few persons are taking the initiative to dig out the history of 
their local congregations. This is most helpful! Some have pe- 
rused council meeting minutes, chatted with the older members of 
their congregation, and have written down the pertinent informa- 
tion. It would be helpful if there were someone who would be will- 
ing to do this in each congregation! 

A number of folks have gone through their old pictures and for- 
warded the most interesting ones to me. This will make the history 
book a lot more interesting! It will certainly be a lot more meaning- 
ful to be able to put faces to the names which will be appearina in 
the book! 

A major attempt is currently being made to compile a listing of 
all ministers and elders who served in our Denomination. 

To all of you who have done your homework, THANK YOU! To 
the rest of you: this project is moving forward, and you are welcome 
to climb aboard! 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert S. Lehigh 
BRETHREN ENCYCLOPEDIA NEWS 
The Editorial Board for Volume 4 of The Brethren Encyclope- 
dia has been busy writing and editing articles during the past year. 
In addition to new articles which will update the Encyclopedia, Vol- 
ume 4 will carry corrections of the first three volumes, as well as the 
comprehensive index of the entire set. Dr. Donald Durnbaugh and 
Dr. Carl Bowman are the Co-Editors of this massive project, which 
will again cover the five major divisions of the Brethren who trace 
their roots to 1 708. Those who already have the first three volumes 
will certainly want to add the fourth volume to their set. There will 
also be an opportunity to purchase the entire set after the fourth 
volume is published. 

Anyone who would currently like to purchase a set of the first 
three volumes of The Brethren Encyclopedia may order it from: 
Brethren Encyclopedia, 313 Fairview Avenue, Ambler, Pennsyl- 
vania 1 9002. The cost is $1 30.00 plus $7.00 postage and handling. 



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Those who have been ordained into the ministry may purchase the 
three volume set of The Brethren Encyclopedia for a reduced price 
of $1 02.00 (inclusive) for up to one year after their ordination. (Please 
contact Robert Lehigh for more details if you wish to take advan- 
tage of this offer.) If anyone would like to make a contribution to- 
wards the production costs of Volume 4, the check should be made 
out to "Brethren Encyclopedia", and should be forwarded to Rev. 
Ronald Lutz at the above address. There really should be a Breth- 
ren Encyclopedia set available to each congregation. 

Plans are being made for a meeting sponsored by the Breth- 
ren Encyclopedia, Inc. to be held at Bridgewater College (in Vir- 
ginia) this summer from July 15 through July 18, 1998. The theme 
is "Faith and Family - Challenges and Commitments", with topics 
covered by knowledgeable speakers who will focus on the histori- 
cal place of the Brethren family in culture. Some of the topics in- 
clude, "The Place of the Family in Brethren Heritage", "Pressures 
on the Family in Contemporary Culture", "Impact of Culture on Breth- 
ren Families", "The Bible Understandings of the Family", "Family 
Devotions and Spirituality Within Brethren Tradition", and "Rearing 
Children Among the Brethren." There will also be tours of the his- 
toric Shenandoah Valley, panel discussions, and workshops on vari- 
ous topics. While the primary focus of this event is historical in 
nature, this will be an insightful time of learning how the five major 
Brethren groups interpret and live out their understanding of the 
family, both traditionally and in today's society. For more details, 
you can contact the undersigned. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert Lehigh 
THANKYOU 
We would like to thank each one for the prayers and cards sent 
to Harry during his illness, also the many phone calls. We would 
especially want to thank Bro. Virgil Leatherman and Bro. Paul Nell 
and wives for their visits to the hospital on Harry's behalf. He is 
improving slowly. 

May God bless everyone. 

Brother Harry and Sister Marie Hott 



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NOTE OF THANKS 

A big Thank You to Brethren and Sisters across the brother- 
hood. 

We feel we are very unworthy of all the cards, flowers and gifts, 
also well wishes in observance of our 50th anniversary. 

Also, a big Thank You to each who had a part in the scrapbook. 

All we can say is Thank You, and may God bless each and ev- 
eryone richly. 

In Christian love, 

Brother Charles and Sister Maxine Leatherman 
THANKYOU 
I can never say "thank you" enough, nor could I find words to 
adequately express my thanks to everyone who sent cards and 
money for my birthday It was overwhelming to receive cards from 
Pennsylvania to California for nearly two weeks— what a blessing!! 
Sometimes it is so hard to be a gracious receiver, but I do truly 
appreciate the love each of you expressed, and I pray God will open 
His storehouse of blessing on each of you, for only He can bless 
you for your kindness. Actually, turning forty was not so bad after 
all— especially when you do it with the family of God!! You are won- 
derful family-in-the-Lord! May God bless you abundantly. 

Love to you, 
Sister Karen Myers 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 1998 

June 7 - Alertness - Prov. 4:23, Acts 20:28-31 , I Pet. 5:8. 

1 .Why is it so important to keep our heart "with all diligence?" 
2. How can we avoid being devoured by the devil? 

June 14 - The Gibeonites enslaved - Joshua 9:16-27. 

1 . Are we required to keep a promise even when someone 
lied to us while convincing us to make that promise? Ex- 
plain. 

2. Who actually made the decision which caused the 
Gibeonites to be servants of the children of Israel? 



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June 21 - FATHER'S DAY - Genesis 28:1-22. 

1 . Why did Isaac instruct his son, Jacob, to not take a wife of 
the daughters of Canaan? 

2. How did Jacob's commitment to God, at Bethel, affect his 
life as a father? 

June 28 - Joshua Prays in Faith - Joshua 10:1-27. 

1 . How can we use prayer to change the circumstances 
around us today. 

2. How can we, in our life, receive God's direction and 
affirmation as Joshua did in this account? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

JUNE 1998 

June 7 - Spiritual Foundations - Isa. 28:16, I Cor. 3:10-15, I Tim. 6: 
18-19, II Tim. 2:19-26. 

1 . Why is rock a good foundation? 

2. Why is it so important to have a sure spiritual foundation 
to build upon? 

June 1 4 - The Christian's Armour - Eph. 6:1 0-24. 

1 . Why should we put on the whole armour of God, not just 
part of it? 

2. Besides the armour, what offensive weapon should we 
have for Spiritual warfare? 

June 21 - FATHER'S DAY - Mark 9:14-29, I Cor. 4:1-21 . 

1 . How did the faith and persistence of the father contribute 
to the healing of his son? 

2. How can a physical father also be a spiritual father? 
June 28 - Christ's Prayer - John 17:1-26. 

1 . What did Jesus say about the unity of all believers in His 
prayer? 

2. How were we as believers today included in this prayer of 
Jesus? 



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GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

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Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer 
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BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

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Mark Cordrey 

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RELIEF BOARD 

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Modesto, CA 95355 

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2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
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Peru, IN 46970 

Larry Andrews 

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Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

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Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

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VOL. LXXVI 



JUNE 1998 



NO. 6 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 






OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHY DO YOU WAIT? 

Why do you wait, dear brother? 
Oh, why do you tarry so long? 
Your Savior is waiting to give you 
A place in His sanctified throng. 

What do you hope, dear brother, 
To gain by a further delay? 
There's no one to save you but Jesus, 
There's no other way but His way; 

Do you not feel, dear brother, 
His Spirit now striving within? 
Oh, why not accept His salvation, 
And throw off your burden of sin? 



Why do you wait, dear brother? 
The harvest is passing away; 
Your Savior is longing to bless you; 
There's danger and death in delay. 

-George F. Root 



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IF NOT NOW, THEN WHEN? 

When Jacob heard the voice of God calling him to return to 
his homeland, he was eager to go. He gathered his possessions 
and his family. He was homeward bound, but as he came closer 
he began to worry about the reception he would receive from his 
brother Easu. After Jacob had fraudulently received the bless- 
ings that belonged to Easu, Esau had been very wroth, declaring 
that he would kill Jacob. In the face of that old threat, Jacob be- 
gan to worry about his safety as he drew closer to the homeland. 
He sent an announcement of his intentions to Esau along with 
gifts to buy his favor. He spent a restless night as Esau drew 
nearer. It was a time of prayer and dealing with God. Tough times 
often bring out an otherwise latent affection for God and desire for 
His help. Esau came to Jacob in peace, not even desiring his gift. 

Many times we are like Jacob as we dread to meet our Esaus. 
We want to delay our day of reckoning. Procrastination is one of 
the greatest enemies of the human spirit. We want to avoid our 
problems, so we work around them until we get ourselves in even 
deeper. 

We put off doing many things that should be done now. In our 
material and physical lives, how often do we put off doing what 
should be done? How many serious illnesses could have been 
avoided if the doctor had been visited sooner? How often could 
financial problems have been avoided if help had been sought 

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sooner? How often would businesses have avoided bankruptcy if 
remedial action had been taken quicker? Many times in our lives 
we can look back and see that if we had acted more quickly we 
would have avoided many problems that we were forced to face 
afterall. 

Just as we tend to procrastinate in our physical and material 
lives, so we tend to put off what needs to be done in our Spiritual 
lives. Often we are as frightened as Jacob was of Easu. The 
fright was of no value for Esau came to him peaceably Too often 
we fear the worst, so we delay doing anything. When we finally 
do what needed to be done, we find that it was not nearly as diffi- 
cult as we had anticipated. 

How many times have we had good intentions of writing a 
letter or visiting someone, but we kept putting it off? If this were 
an elderly person or one who was seriously ill, we may have 
waited too long. Our good intentions never delivered the extra joy 
that our letter or visit might have brought to that person. 

How often have we put off making an apology or trying to 
straighten out some misunderstanding with another? Perhaps it 
has been a touch of pride or a little fear that kept us from making 
things right. We may have thought that we would appear to be 
soft if we made the first move toward reconciliation. How many 
times have we lingered in approaching the other person because 
we feared them. When we finally made the move we found that 
they were accommodating, perhaps much like Easu. Christians 
may be very firm as they stand upon Biblical doctrines, yet they 
can be the most forgiving of people as they deal with their Breth- 
ren and Sisters. 

The saving gospel has been provided for the benefit of all who 
will accept it. Yet the popular view of that gospel has been twisted 
in such a way that the results of salvation are often thought of as 
the basis of salvation. The popular view sees the presence or 
absence of certain behaviors as the determining factor in a soul's 
well-being. With this public view of the narrowness of Christian- 
ity, it is often difficult to share that gospel with others so they will 
understand the wideness of God's mercy and the lifestyle that 



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expresses our love for God in return. Fearing being misunder- 
stood, we are slow to share the Biblical doctrines affecting men's 
salvation. We may fear ridicule or physical harm if we approach 
others about the greatest need that they have. The worth of a 
soul is demonstrated in the price that God was willing to pay for 
that soul by giving His Only Begotten Son as the sacrificial Lamb. 
The gospel is far different from the world's perception of it. Yet 
there are those out there who are seeking for the very thing that is 
offered through the gospel. 

Have we delayed accepting and putting into practice the 
lifestyle that would best demonstrate our commitment to God and 
to His Church. Does our thinking and living show the Biblical 
basis of our faith? 

How many are guilty of putting off the greatest decision of 
their lives? Now is the accepted time. Now is the day of salva- 
tion. King Agrippa said that he was almost persuaded to be a 
Christian. But to be almost persuaded is not enough. Why delay? 

If not now, then when? 

M.C.Cook 

I TOUCHED THE MASTER 

I. The Manger 

Who would have believed it all started here? Who would have 
believed that the Master of the universe, Jesus Christ, would be 
wrapped in swaddling clothes and be deposited in me, a lowly 
manger occupying a smelly stable located in a nondescript vil- 
lage in Palestine? Wasn't Jesus the Son of God and shouldn't He 
have a cradle more consistent with His position? I thought so 
and if I had been asked, I would have said as much. But who 
would have believed me? 

To be honest, I was shocked! My unpretentious life consisted 
of holding fodder for the animals secured in the stable that was 
my home. It was rather boring, really. Feed was plopped uncer- 
emoniously in me, the animals would come and relieve me of my 
contents, and that was that. O, sometimes a cow would use one 



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of my corners to scratch an itch she had on her neck— the hairs 
imbedded in the cracks of my wood attest to that. Sometimes a 
stray cat would spend the night curled up in the hay that was left 
in me, but other than that life was quite monotonous. That is, until 
the glorious day Jesus was born. 

The air was charged with something that transcended the 
bustle of activity in the town of Bethlehem. I noticed that many of 
the animals were aware, with that sixth sense they possess that 
people do not have, of an impending phenomenon. I felt some- 
thing too, although perhaps not as acutely as my animal friends. I 
did not understand it at the time, but looking back in retrospect it 
is all very clear. I soon learned that a process for the atonement 
of sin had been set in motion several thousand years ago be- 
cause two people had brought sin into the world. As I watched 
the events unfold that day I knew the world would never be the 
same. I knew that one of the pivotal events in history was occur- 
ring. And I was a first-hand observer. I was a participant! 

A hush fell over the stable as the labor progressed. With each 
cry of pain from Mary the animals seemed to wince right along 
with Joseph. Time seemed to stand still and its slow passage 
produced a tension in the air that was agonizing, but the agony 
was tempered by anticipation. 

The voice of the One who spoke the universe into existence 
filled the stable with its high-pitched cry. I recall feeling at that 
moment as though all Heaven was looking down on us and smil- 
ing. The stars gleaming through the cracks in the roof seemed to 
twinkle more brightly the animals collectively breathed a sigh of 
relief, Joseph looked at Mary with immeasurable love in his eyes, 
and then they both looked with awe at the little One in her arms— 
their son and their Savior. 

A little later Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes and 
looked for a place to lay Him so she could rest. Her eyes scanned 
the area for a suitable place to lay the infant and came to rest on 
me— the manger. She slowly got to her feet and moved in my 
direction. I couldn't read her mind and didn't know what she was 
going to do, but she came directly to me. After arranging the fod- 



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der a little and fluffing it up to be a little softer, she laid Jesus 
down. 

I cannot explain the feeling of that moment or describe it with 
mere words. You might call it "an event" or you might call it a 
revelation. You might call it a manifestation; you might call it an 
epiphany. I do not know what to call it and I do not know how to 
describe it, but I do know that at that moment, I touched the Mas- 
ter! 

Faith Lesson: Humility 

It is interesting to consider the ways God could have chosen 
to send Jesus into the world. He could have sent Jesus to be 
born into a wealthy family surrounded by opulence where He would 
have been laid in the finest cradle available. God just as easily 
could have sent Jesus to be born into the family of a powerful 
government official where the reins of power would have been 
transferred to Him by default. But instead of those situations, 
Jesus was sent to a rough manger in a backward stable. By 
sending His Son to such a situation, God made the powerful state- 
ment that humility is an indispensable ingredient in the Christian 
life. What could be more humble than a stable? What could be 
more humble than a manger? With His entrance into the world, 
Jesus sent an indisputable message that humility really matters 
to God. 

In the 1970's a well-known prosperity preacher proclaimed, 
"Jesus rode on a donkey, but I would rather ride in a pink, rose- 
covered Rolls-Royce." The arrogance contained in that state- 
ment is so flagrant that it is impossible to miss, but care must be 
exercised not to point fingers at individuals like this while failing to 
see the pride in our own hearts. You see, pride is insidious be- 
cause it wears so many disguises. A person can be proud of 
fashionable clothing, but a person can also be proud of simple 
clothing. A person can be proud of a nice vehicle, and a person 
can also be proud that he does not have a nice vehicle to be 
proud of. 

The opposite of pride is humility. Inherent in the simple way 
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Christ, we as Christians, are to walk and live with humility perme- 
ating our lives as it did the life of Jesus. 

Jesus was born in a simple stable in the undistinguished town 
of Bethlehem and later moved to another town of little significance: 
Nazareth. Jesus was not known as someone born in Rome, the 
capital city of the ruling power of the world at the time, nor was He 
known as a resident of Jerusalem, the city of David. God could 
have manipulated the situation to allow Jesus to have the reputa- 
tion of a person associated with one of those great cities and the 
accompanying celebrity, but no, Jesus became known simply as 
the Nazarene. This detail about Jesus is crucial and we dare not 
overlook the importance of Christ's display of humility by not seek- 
ing or desiring a prestigious reputation of any kind. 

Ask yourself whether the things you do in life are done to shape 
your reputation or God's. Ask yourself whether the things you do 
for others or even for the church are done to promote yourself or 
are done to glorify God. The singular focus of Jesus' life was to 
glorify His Father and that focus must be ours as well. His humil- 
ity was displayed as He sought to burnish the image of His Father 
not His own. 

Jesus also demonstrated His humility by not amassing wealth. 
Matthew 8:20 states that Jesus' life of humility was confirmed by 
His lack of a place to lay His head. Jesus was willing to be ridi- 
culed by those of His countrymen who thought all men of distinc- 
tion would have something tangible to show for themselves. Jesus 
also had to endure the verbal barbs of those who thought He was 
simply sponging off people by taking advantage of the generosity 
of others. But Jesus knew that to live a life of self-sacrifice that 
bordered on asceticism was necessary as an example for His 
followers. It was necessary because He understood that ingrained 
into every individual as a result of our humanity is the desire to 
impress others, gain prestige, and seek satisfaction in the accu- 
mulation of wealth. 

Not only did Jesus manifest humility by not seeking a reputa- 
tion and by not seeking riches, He also exhibited humility in being 
willing to be known as a carpenter's son. Jesus was a common 



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man who did remarkable things for both the common and uncom- 
mon because of an uncommon proclivity for humility. Titles, wealth, 
social position, and rank were all meaningless to Jesus. Mean- 
ingless? Yes, meaningless! 

The mad scramble for recognition and rank many Christians 
are involved in must break the heart of God. Can't you just pic- 
ture God looking down upon the earth and observing Christians 
frantically trying to make something of themselves merely for per- 
sonal gain? Can't you see God shaking His head in pain? Can't 
you just picture God wondering why with the life of Jesus as our 
example, Christians cannot understand that humility is something 
which certainly matters? You can see God in His patience wait- 
ing for His children to learn humility and when they don't, He sadly 
shakes His head and allows them to proceed through an experi- 
ence that will break them of their pride. 

Rank. Riches. Reputation. The three R's the world seeks 
after are enemies the Christian constantly needs to guard against. 
This is not to say that God does not choose to give His children 
rank, riches, or acclaim. He sometimes does and the Body of 
Christ benefits when these things are handled guardedly. When 
the sole focus of our life is to exalt ourselves and to try to be big 
and important, spiritual disaster lies around the corner. 

Think about birds. Isn't it interesting that the sweetest music 
comes from the smallest birds? When was the last time you heard 
a pleasant song from an ostrich? Can you really say that the 
turkey is a sweet singer? The magnificent eagle, the undisputed 
master of the skies, does little more than scream. But it is the little 
birds, the canaries, the wrens, and the larks that sing the most 
sweetly. Is it possible that the sweetest notes to fall on the ears of 
the Father are those that emanate from the Christians who con- 
sider themselves the most insignificant? Is it possible that like 
the ostrich, we are posturing, like the turkey and the eagle, we 
are merely making noise? Is it possible that while we are ab- 
sorbed in all that posturing and while making all that noise we feel 
smug because of our size not realizing how blatantly obnoxious 
we sound? 



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Seek to be small; strive to be humble. In doing so, the song of 
your life, that song begotten and perpetuated in humility, will be 
the sweetest of all. 

Brother Paul David Skiles 
Torreon Navajo Mission 
Cuba, NM 87013 

THE SINFULNESS OF SELFISHNESS AND SELF-PITY 

Why are we selfish? Is it because we are sinful humans, 
filled with the flesh? The flesh is our old nature — the one we will 
battle with every day until we let God fight our battles for us. Mat- 
thew 26:41 says, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into tempta- 
tion: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak." John 6:63 tells us 
that "the flesh profiteth nothing." Romans 7:25 says that the flesh 
serves the law of sin. Because we have the "old nature", we 
need Someone to free us. Christ came to give that freedom to us 
as sinful beings. 

Selfishness is evidence of the old nature in our lives. There 
are many consequences of being selfish. Selfishness is the cause 
of much fear and anger. When we are angry, very often we make 
irrational moves and decisions. We wreck our home lives be- 
cause we have allowed anger to grip hold of us. When we be- 
come angry at someone, we immediately become their slave. 
While we work, sleep, eat, or play, all we think about is that one 
we disdain. They constantly hound us. 

There are many health problems that stem from our anger, 
caused by being selfish — ulcers, heart problems, fatigue, and 
so forth. If we are angry, our social life is hurt, too. Frankly, if we 
are selfish and full of self-pity, we are not fun to be around! People 
can tell if we are interested in their problems and joys, or if all we 
care about and want to talk about is our own success and com- 
fort. Those who are in need of some help, or just a listening ear, 
will quickly by-pass us because we do not care for anyone but 
OURSELVES. Isolation only makes the self-pity grow into a big- 
ger and more nasty problem. 



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There are many places and people that God would love to 
have us to be willing to touch with His love, but when all we see is 
me, Me, ME, He cannot use us. We miss out on a blessing each 
time there is an opportunity to serve somewhere but we cannot 
take time off from "sheltering and protecting ourselves" This kind 
of life very shortly gets dull and stressful. Nobody is so interest- 
ing that you want to look at, care for, and protect every minute of 
every day. 

People who are selfish and self-centered are very sensitive. 
They cannot take any resistance or correcting because that hurts 
the "ME" that they must protect and shelter. They become easily 
discouraged and depressed, because life is full of mountains that 
need to be crossed, trials that need to be endured, and so forth. 
Only if we are willing to take a few bumps, receive some correc- 
tion, and still strive on, will we conquer. 

Seeing someone in need and investing some of our time and 
resources in them is an excellent way to get our eyes off our- 
selves and our problems. We will find that as we bless others, we 
receive the greatest reward. "It is more blessed to give than to 
receive." 

When we, through the filling of the Holy Spirit, get rid of our old 
selfish ways, there will be so many new and exciting areas and 
opportunities opened to us. People will enjoy being with us, and 
sharing their lives with us. Blessings will be received as we re- 
joice in the success of another and not just ourselves all the time. 
God will use us to share His love, and there is no greater feeling 
than to know we are encouraging someone on to a better life. 

We cannot stay bogged down in the drudgery of "protecting 
ME". Enjoy the full life. Romans 8:2 says, "...the Spirit of life in 
Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death." "If 
the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." 
John 8:36. 



Sister Janell Meyers 



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WELCOME TO HOLLAND 

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child 
with a disability. To try to help people who have not shared that 
unique experience to understand it and to imagine how it would 
feel, it is like this.... 

When you are going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabu- 
lous trip-to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your 
wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The 
gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. 
It's all very exciting. 

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You 
pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later the plane 
lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Hol- 
land." 

"Holland?!?" you say, "What do you mean Holland??" I signed 
up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of 
going to Italy." 

But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in 
Holland and there you must stay. 

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a hor- 
rible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and dis- 
ease. It's just a different place. So you must go out and buy new 
guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And 
you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have 
met. 

It's just a different place. It's slower paced than Italy, less 
flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for awhile and you 
catch your breath, you look around. ..and you begin to notice that 
Holland has windmills.. .and Holland has tulips. Holland even has 
Rembrandts. But everyone you know is busy coming and going 
from Italy. .and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time 
they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say, "Yes, 
that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned." 

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever, go away, be- 
cause the loss of that dream is a very, very, significant loss. 



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But, if you spend the rest of your life mourning the fact that you 
didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, 
very lovely things.. .about Holland. 

No matter where or what our "Holland" is, may God help us to 
be content with being there. 

In Christ's Love, 

Brother Steven and Sister Susan Beachler 

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE 

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:..." 
Psalm 139:14. What are we made of? "And the Lord God formed 
man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the 
breath of life; and man became a living soul " Gen. 2:7. Bones - 
206, miles of blood vessels, miles of nerves, pints of blood, two 
layers of skin, two eyes, two ears, two kidneys, two lungs, two 
legs, two sides of brain, two hands, two arms, two feet, eight fin- 
gers, two thumbs, ten toes, many muscles, heart, spleen, pan- 
creas, diaphragm, intestines, stomach, spinal cord, and the list 
could go on. What a marvelous body God truly hath made!! 

When all the parts are doing their jobs without complaining or 
being jealous of another part (aching, becoming infected, or rup- 
turing) we can work and function well. When one part suffers it 
affects the whole body. I personally experienced this recently 
when my appendix became inflamed. I ached and was not able to 
function normally. Then the operation. It went well. Praise the 
Lord!! Then the recovery, I found out you use your belly muscles 
in many things you do. I must insert here aThankYou for all those 
who prayed and sent cards, God Bless You! 

As I lie upon my bed I had to think of I Corinthians chapter 12 
where Paul likens the church to a body. As was mentioned earlier 
there are many pieces, so precisely put together by God, that 
make up our human bodies. Each one does its own job and some- 
times one will have to do another's if it is removed. So in the 
Spiritual body we have different abilities, capabilities and knowl- 
edge. We must all work together for the furtherment of Christ's 



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Kingdom day by day. Tor the body is not one member, but many." 
I Cor. 12:14. Each part is important. Each person is important. 
Each task we do is important. If your eye stops functioning it 
makes it very hard to get around. The same is true in the spiritual 
body. 

Then there is jealously and envy of another one's position. 
You want to be a hand instead of a bone. Ask yourself where 
would the hand be without the bones. The bones are very impor- 
tant to the body, they give it shape and protection. The hands 
would not be able to function without the bones. The ones, so 
called, behind the scenes, the prayer warriors, those encourag- 
ers, are important!! So in what ever place you are remember and 
practice "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and 
not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward 
of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." Col. 3:23-24. 
Dear ones, Satan is doing much to destroy the body. He is de- 
lighted when there is friction in the body Let us give the oil of 
Love, daily, to the body and serve the Lord Christ! Amen. 

Brother Tim Kasza 
2500 W. Buchanan 
Shelby, Ml 49455 

KENYA KNOTES 

Greetings in Jesus name. We are maintaining good health 
here and the Lord continues to work in mysterious ways. Former 
bishop Andrew Ochino is gone, along with several other mem- 
bers as well. There were tears mixed with sighs of relief as people 
decided what God was telling them to do and if they would listen 
and what action they would take. Only God knows for sure their 
hearts and motives for leaving or staying. Because of the current 
instability, we have been staying close to home, waiting to see 
what will happen. Sometimes even the very next step is hard to 
see. They become steps of faith as we patiently trust and wait in 
the Lord. 

May 8 begins one day minister training seminars to be held 
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Sunday school, financial reporting, Council Meetings and calling 
ministers. The leaders in Kenya have expressed much eager- 
ness to begin. I pray for the Spirit's help in my preparations for 
these meetings. 

There are many churches in Kenya, but many people still lack 
God's Word. We give Bibles to those individuals or families that 
have great desire, need and the ability to read, when we have 
sufficient supply. We are considering sponsoring a class for adults 
to learn to read Swahili. Swahili Bibles are difficult to find here 
because of a very long reason that I do not understand, dealing 
with printing and distribution rights and lack of funds. There are 
two versions of Swahili Bibles. One translated from the King 
James known as the "Union Version" and another based on a 
paraphrased version. Of course, it is the Union Version that is in 
short supply. I have people looking now for a Union Version source 
of these Bibles. If you have any insight into this please contact 
the African Mission Board. 

I use my spare time to wax and polish the van. Otherwise I 
spend my days preparing for Thursday night Bible study, prepar- 
ing a message for Sunday school, transporting people, writing 
necessary tracts, writing reports, writing letters, talking with mem- 
bers and visitors to the compound and keeping the house and 
van maintained. The first and last time I waxed the van was the 
first week of February Very recently our family began Swahili 
lessons twice a week, something we should have done in Janu- 
ary Our daily struggle continues to be answering requests for 
assistance. Many times the squeakiest wheels have the small- 
est needs or needs brought about from a negligent lifestyle. These 
needs are thoroughly mixed with genuine needs for help. We con- 
tinue to teach the principles of God's Word and search for His will 
for this hour, this day, this week and for this mission to Kenya. 

God's Peace 
Brother Tim Scofield 

THE THIEF 

I am a murderer 

I am a thief 



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The things that I've done 

Cause me much grief. 
My punishment is come 

It's just what I deserve 
To be nailed to this cross 

Is just, I'm sure. 
The man to my left 

Is called 'King of the Jews" 
So many don't believe 

But I know that it's true. 
The words that I speak 

Don't sound like my own 
But He receives them with happy tears 

His face seems to glow. 
He says, "Today you will live 

With me in Paradise" 
It sounds so sublime 

It sounds so very nice. 
I feel my spirit leave me 

I let it go with joy 
Now I'm saved forever 

By faith just like a boy. 

-Brother William Scofield 

Greetings from Kenya, 

It is the beginning of rainy season here, which means it's time 
to plant your shamba, or fields. Everyone is busy digging the 
fields and planting maize or beans. These are the two main crops. 
In the highlands, where we have a church, they will also plant 
potatoes. 



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This month we were able to help the families in need of maize 
seed. We thank God for providing for these families and ask Him 
to bless them with a bountiful harvest. 

For the last two months we have been giving vegetable seed 
to members of our Churches. One bag of twelve kinds of veg- 
etable seed for each family. This will provide them with all the 
main vitamins needed for better health. In the future they should 
be able to sell extra produce, from having saved seed and plant- 
ing bigger gardens. 

Last week we went to one of our churches that is located in 
the Rift Valley. The church is down in a valley surrounded by 
mountains. This is some of the most beautiful country God cre- 
ated. 

While we were there, I asked if any of the women had planted 
their seed yet. Two of the women had planted theirs sometime 
ago. Would we like to see their gardens? 

They have a small stream of water that runs close to their 
gardens so they were able to plant without waiting for the rainy 
season. 

Florence and I hiked up through the hills to the gardens. In 
case you do not know, Florence is the leader of all the women's 
groups here. I do not know what I would do without her. I thank 
God for her. As we hiked, the excitement grew for all of us. The 
women were so pleased to show their gardens to us. 

They built a fence of sticks, thorn plants and cactus around 
their gardens to keep unwanted visitors out. So we climbed the 
fences. How exciting! There were rows of carrots, garlic, tur- 
nips, cabbage, sunflowers, greens (three varieties), onions, green 
peppers, and tomatoes two feet tall with blooms and small green 
tomatoes. What joy fills your heart as you see the first fruits of 
your labor. God is so good. 

More than a garden was planted here. People from two differ- 
ent countries are working together to bring a better way of life. 

I doubt I will ever plant another garden without thinking of this 
day and remembering the smiles of joy on these sisters' faces. I 



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thank God for allowing me to serve Him in Kenya. 

Sister Terry Scofield 

Dear Brethren, 

Greetings in the precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ. May 
the Lord bless His work in the fields of labor here. 

It is a pleasure for me to share with you this short message. 
Surely it has been a blessing to us here to join you and labor 
together for the Kingdom of God. 

OUR GREAT SALVATION 

How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? Even 
if we do not care for our salvation, Angels do care. The prophets 
of the Old Testament were careful about the great Plan of God for 
salvation. They wanted to know in depth all about God's Plan to 
human beings. They intended to know how the price was to be 
paid through the death and the burial of Christ Jesus and how 
could it be manifested through His resurrection. They did not know 
how He could overcome sin, Satan, and death. 

It is not only the prophets who desired to know what was re- 
vealed unto us. Angels themselves, desired to know about this 
divine Plan of God which was neither for the prophets nor angels 
but it was preserved for us. Apostle Peter, puts this through in 
these words: "Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and 
searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come 
unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of 
Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand 
the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.. Unto 
whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they 
did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them 
that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent 
down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into" I 
Peter 1:10-12. 

The Old Prophets could have revealed everything to let us 
know what the Bible tells us about this divine Plan unto us. 
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salvation. This will lead us to captivity and spiritual poverty. For 
this not to happen, God sent us the Holy Spirit to teach us who 
He is and what He had planned for us through the Lord Jesus. 
Apostle Paul says (I Corinthians 2:12) "Now we have received, 
not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we 
might know the things that are freely given to us of God." 

Many Christians do pray diligently on the things that already 
God has given them. I did so for a long period. When you do pray 
for what has been delivered to you, you will be wasting your time 
and God's. You have been given the Holy Spirit to reveal to you 
what God has given you through Our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ. 

Thanks: May God bless you. 

Yours, 

Brother Gilbert Amaswache 

Box 616 

Kapenguria, Kenya (EA) 

THE PASSOVER FEAST 

A cloud of surprise covered all the members of the church, 
Many stared at things with their eyes wide open. That morning of 
12th April 1998 was a wonderful day that many of us will live to 
commemorate. 

Things seemed to be turned upside down from what we ex- 
pected. Something unusual was taking place. Sister Terry was 
familiar with everything. Brother Tim nodded hysterically for he 
was satisfied with what was going on. William and Matthew kept 
quiet for they understood the occasion. Other members were 
confused in a mixture of disbelief and excitement. 

Church attendance broke the record. All seats were covered 
by children and many people who were anxious to listen to good 
news of the Passover feast. The service started earlier than usual, 
9:30 A.M. The sermon being led by Brother Gilbert made every- 
one to feel as if Christ had to come the next minute. 

After singing and having prayed, BrotherTim gave us anointed 



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teachings. He quoted different scriptures in support of the Pass- 
over feast. We were very much amazed because we had never 
put in practice whatever we read. But a day had come whereby 
we had to put scripture in life and scriptural in practice as be- 
lieved by Dunkard Brethren Church. 

The first cession of the service ended at around 1:00 P.M. 
This is the time our stomachs were totally empty. Intestines com- 
plained bitterly demanding their right. All children were discom- 
forted. But when Sister Terry entered the church with a bucket 
and I followed with a huge sufuria the terrible situation in the stom- 
ach started cooling down. Within a moment the whole table was 
covered with different containers full of different types of cooked 
food. Sister Terry had prepared a traditional meal from sweet po- 
tatoes, chicken and delicious beverage. 

I, myself, prepared Chapadi, rice, meat stew, broth and bread 
with butter. Sister Catherine came in with four different covered 
cakes, yellow, green, red and orange. Sister Alice prepared 
Sukumawiki and beans, while Sister Selina prepared rice. All 
these foods were bought by Sister Terry. We helped her in cook- 
ing. 

All of these foods were to be served to one hundred eight 
people who attended the service that day. Everybody received 
what was enough for his or her stomach. Serving was efficient 
as youths helped us a lot. Children were served first and then 
adults followed. Everybody left the church happy spiritually and 
satisfied in the stomach. 

The love of Christ manifested itself in us and we were all grate- 
ful. Actually this is something that has never happened in our 
church before. But we thank God for loving this much. 

After filling our stomachs, we broke for a break, when the 
youths went to the field to play football and others volleyball. At 
around 4:00 RM. we assembled in the church ready for the evening 
service. This lesson was very short. Brother Tim ministered unto 
us up to the end. He then transported people to their homes while 
Terry went home on foot. 

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forget. Love in Kenya. 
May God bless you all. 



Yours in Christ 

Sister Florence Ambundo 



THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

"Our weakness, God's strength" 

In each age and stage of human history, man has looked for 
resources of power above and even outside himself. He has looked 
for power superior to his own, limited, moral, spiritual and physi- 
cal prowess. 

He first turned to animals, harnessing their strength to per- 
form his tasks. Then he turned to "hydro power," water wheels to 
grind flour and the like. Then came steam, electricity, gasoline 
combustion and more recently the atom. 

In following man's search for energy beyond his limitations, it 
becomes apparent that he becomes increasingly more depen- 
dent on God. Many have tried to usurp the position of the Creator 
in initiating force and energy. They do not understand the Psalm 
that says, "Power belongeth unto God." 

In the process of human discovery, during which God has 
allowed a certain allotment of the power of the universe to rest in 
man's hands, one pathetic reality persists: man has never learned 
to control himself. The moral development of humanity has not 
kept pace with his mental and scientific progress. As long as 
man is at war with God, he will be controlled by human passions. 
He can learn to read the secrets of astronomy, to control light, to 
make servants of radio waves and boast of various victories but 
his head hangs in shame at the defeats experienced in attempt- 
ing to conquest self. 

Is the world getting better? Have we progressed to a war- 
less, diseaseless, bigotless society of equality? Of course not. 
Man will not be able to change his nature outside of the power of 
God. 



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To bolster the idea of self-sufficiency, people believe that the 
world is getting better and better. They think that scientific and 
industrial progress is proof of that idea. In reality, we are not bet- 
ter than the Assyrians or Romans. We live for self advancement 
at the expense of others. 

The only real and lasting improvement will occur in the lives of 
those who will embrace the teachings of Jesus and allow Him to 
become their Master. This is real progress. Our weakness in the 
hands of a powerful God is awesome. We can experience real 
strength in the Lord "and in the power of his might." 

One of the real fallacies of our time is that man's mind is de- 
veloped through education, which allows him to shed acrimoni- 
ous passions and eventually to become master rather than slave. 
Both history and observation serve to debunk this concept. 

In this world of perpetual human weakness, God offers us a 
weapon equal to the conquest of ourselves, victory over tempta- 
tion and a shelter in the time of storm. If we yield ourselves com- 
pletely to Jesus, we become powerful in mind and spirit. 

Are we weak? Yes. But God offers to make us towers of 
strength. We need only to trust Him with all of our being. We will 
then become, in the words of Paul, a "new creature." Old things 
will pass away and all things will become new. 

My weak friend, I close with this poem by Barbara E. Cornet: 

I tried, myself to bring to pass 

That which I thought should be; 

I felt the Lord would profit by 

A little help from me. 

And so I worried and despaired 

And vainly labored on 

Until my fairest hopes had crashed 

My choicest visions gone. 

And then I knelt before my Lord, 



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Chastened, humbled, still 

Ready to let Him work through me, 

Ready to do His will. 

And there it was I found success - 
For then alone my Lord could bless! 

Brother Len Wertz 

IF ANY MAN SEEM TO BE CONTENTIOUS 

I Corinthians 11:16, "But if any man seem to be contentious, 
we have no such custom, neither the churches of God." 

We received a mailing that took a very negative approach 
concerning the wearing of the prayer veil or covering. Included in 
a correspondence resulting from a dialogue on the subject was a 
question we had never taken the time to research. "Did the women 
in the Old Testament wear a head covering or is it just a New 
Testament teaching?" 

Our research on this subject caused us to re-think not only 
the command of the head covering but also what may have been 
involved in our opening verse. We found the statement "any man" 
to be of particular interest. Many times in Holy Scripture the word 
"man" is used in a generic sense which would include females 
also. However, taken within the context of this chapter, we be- 
lieve that the word "man" here refers to the male only. 

The popular teaching that this verse makes all the previous 
instructions given, especially the instruction for the covering of 
the woman's head, void and null is absolutely ridiculous and, we 
feel, completely without merit. 

There are at least three areas where the brethren may have 
been contentious. The Apostle Paul addresses each of these in 
this chapter. The first of these is the headship topic. "But I would 
have you know, that the head of every man is Christ: and the 
head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God " It 
is possible that those in leadership had forgotten that they also 



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were under authority. Added to this confusion is the possibility 
that the women may have sought to claim positions of authority. It 
is sometimes forgotten that not only is the sister's veiling a prayer 
veil but also a headship covering. It is to be a sign that she ac- 
cepts the Scriptural teaching that men are to be in leadership po- 
sitions. The fact that "the head of Christ is God," shows that this 
is not an argument of equality It may be that, like in our day, the 
men abrogated their responsibility and wished to allow the women 
to assume positions of leadership in the Church. 

The second place men may have been contentious is on the 
covering itself issue. Our study of the Old Testament leaves us 
with the impression that there was no direct command for a woman 
to cover her head. If we are wrong we welcome input on this 
subject. Strangely enough, there was a command for men to cover 
their heads. This command dealt at least primarily with the high 
priests. It is possible that Judaizers within the gatherings may 
have refused to obey the command to pray with uncovered heads. 
We believe that at least one of the reasons for the command for 
men to pray with uncovered heads was because Jesus Christ is 
now our high priest and no man can rightfully fill this position un- 
der the New Testament dispensation. 

The third place men may have been contentious is on the hair 
subject. There are varying opinions about just how long the men 
normally wore their hair at the time of this writing. There are those 
who contend that the men in the Church of that time wore their 
hair in a fashion very similar to the type of hair cut worn by con- 
servative types today. Others believe the hair cut was similar to 
that worn by such groups as the Amish. Still others would argue 
that the hair was worn long according to our modern standards. 
The Bible does not give us a specific hair length but it does set a 
standard. We believe that hair length must be left to an individual's 
convictions to a degree but that, in this case, the current styles of 
men's hair considered long by today's standards not be accept- 
able. 

The Apostle Paul goes on to tell us what the results of these 
contentions were. Tor first of all, when ye come together in the 
church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly 



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believe it." The subject of the place women have in the church has 
certainly brought division. There are some groups that will not 
allow their women to read Scripture in a Bible study setting. Need- 
less to say, their women are forbidden to speak on an issue in 
such a setting. There is at least one church body that will not 
allow women to take any part in a church council. At least one 
group will not allow the sisters to take part in prayer during an 
examination service. It is not our desire to find fault with these 
groups but merely to point out how divisions can be found in 
churches today. The subject of women preachers has invaded 
the vast majority of denominations today. This subject has not 
only caused division between differing groups but within bodies 
of believers and even within congregations. 

The Apostle Paul also says that the contentions have brought 
about heresies. When those in leadership become contentious 
towards established practices it often leads to heresy. We often 
wonder why those who consider themselves Bible believers are 
willing to follow the heretics rather than the established thinking 
concerning the head covering for women. 

Let us not be contentious but follow Christ and the Holy Word. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

AFRICA MISSION BOARD REPORT 

Having missed the publication deadline for conference busi- 
ness, we will supply our report in the Bible Monitor. 

The labors in Africa have been active during the last year. 
Last Fall Bro. Paul Stump and Rudy Shaffer visited Uganda and 
Kenya. In December 97 and January 98 Bro. Paul Stump and 
Verling Wolfe and their wives located and set up a mission com- 
pound in Makutano, Kenya. The Scofield family arrived in Uganda 
in January 98 to acquaint themselves with the work in Uganda, 
and then settled in at the mission in Makutano, Kenya. 

The Scofields have visited the various churches, in Kenya 



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and Uganda, and have worked with the various individuals on both 
a spiritual level and have attempted to supply many of the natural 
needs. With so many physical needs, it is difficult to know what to 
supply, and how to limit our assistance within a reasonable budget 
constraints. They have worked on several tracts for the natives, 
and now are focused on teaching the ministry which are laboring 
with the people. 

We are looking for another family to go to Kenya leaving this 
coming June 14, just after conference. The board has felt a sec- 
ond family there will provide moral support and opportunity to dis- 
cuss impressions, ideas, problems and issues which they are 
facing from day to day. 

Funds have been very close, but adequate thus far. We have 
been spending between $2500 to 4000 per month so far. While 
attempts have been made to reduce the expenses after the initial 
start up expenses, we expect this level of spending to continue 
with the second family going to Kenya in June. Transportation 
continues to be our most expensive item, with fuel being $3.50- 
4.00 per gallon. 

Their home has a telephone and water, but they still have not 
been connected to the electric, even though it has been promised 
again and again. They are not far from the power lines, but things 
get done whenever they see fit in Africa. Their water (from a pub- 
lic water supply) needs constant purification and contains a lot of 
sediment and dirt and needs to be boiled for drinking. 

There has been significant tribal unrest in the Makutano area 
recently, and the staff is being very cautious about where they go 
and travel. The military has been involved trying to keep peace, 
and at the time of our writing this article, they are stationed and 
occupying the building where we have been having services at 
Makutano. The town of Kaptulawa (where one of our churches is 
located) was evacuated because of the fighting. Thousands of 
cattle are missing in the area further heightening tensions, which 
according to the Pocott tribal belief, all cattle belong to the Pocott 
tribe. While the Scofields do not consider it unsafe to continue to 
stay in the Makutano area, we ask that you please pray for their 



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safety, especially at this time. 

Bro. Andrew Ochino has found another church from the USA 
(Missouri), to sponsor his "ministry" thus taking a few of the other 
leaders with him. He was dissatisfied with our teachings con- 
cerning musical instruments in worship, polygamy (in practice 
overlooking it, even while teaching against it) and wanted all the 
ministry to be paid. His approach to the ministry was becoming 
more and more divergent from our understanding of the teach- 
ings of the Scripture. We are continuing to work with the local 
leadership, with our emphasis on instructing the leadership in the 
Gospel doctrines and teachings. The Scofields are having the 
local ministry come to the mission one day each week and they 
are conducting teaching sessions with them. They are empha- 
sizing the doctrines and teachings of the Scripture, to better pre- 
pare them to minister to their congregations. It is truly amazing 
how poorly some of the ministry know the scriptures, while oth- 
ers are quite well versed in the Scripture, but do not fully under- 
stand its implications in their lives. 

We beg for your prayers on behalf of the labor in Kenya, and 
as a board that we might be given the wisdom and discernment 
needed to make the many decisions that we face in the future, 
wisely and in God's will and leading. 

Respectfully submitted. 
The African Mission Board 

OBITUARY 

GRACE SURBEY 

Sis. Grace M. Surbey, formerly of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, 
died March 19,1998 in the Brethren Home at Cross Keys, Penn- 
sylvania. She was 87. Born December 1,1910, near Cumberland, 
Maryland, she was the daughter of the late George Edward and 
Martha (George) O'Brien. She was predeceased by her hus- 
band, Howard J. Surbey, in October 1982. 

Sis. Surbey lived in Taneytown, Maryland for many years and 
was a member of the Walnut Grove Dunkard Brethren Church 



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there. She had worked at The Cambridge Shoe Company in 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania but most of her life she was a house- 
wife. Grace will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

She is survived by three daughters: Dorothy DePalma and 
husband, Joseph, MaryAnn Whitmore and husband, Kenneth, all 
of Frederick, Maryland, and Carolyn Kauffman and husband Wil- 
liam of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. A sister and two brothers also 
survive: Ethel Leatherman and husband Virgil, Herbert O'Brien 
and wife Dottie, all of Littlestown, Pennsylvania, and Emory O'Brien 
and wife Francis of Purgitsville, West Virginia. Grace will also be 
missed by dear companions, Selina and Dan Smith and children 
of Littlestown, Pennsylvania. She leaves eight grandchildren and 
ten great-grandchildren, a brother-in-law Clarence Surbey, of 
Amboy, Indiana and a sister-in-law Marie Surbey of Edon, Ohio. 
Many nieces and nephews also survive. 

Funeral services were held March 21,1998 at Little's Funeral 
Home with Elder Virgil Leatherman officiating assisted by Patrick 
Whitmore. Molly Kauffman, a granddaughter played and sang 
"Amazing Grace." Family remembrances were given by Patrick 
Whitmore. Bearers were grandsons, Edward Ogle, Steven 
Whitmore, Galen Rice, Stan Whitmore, David Rice, and Patrick 
Whitmore. Interment was in Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens near 
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 

The family wishes to thank those who sent cards, phone calls, 
flowers, and condolences. May God bless each of you. 
TIMOTHY S. BEACHLER 

Timothy S. Beachler, 2, went to be with Jesus, Thursday, March 
26, 1998, from his home near Wabash, Indiana. 

Timothy was born September 18, 1995, in Peru, Indiana, to 
Steven and Susan (Miller) Beachler. It was evident at his birth 
that Timothy would not be as other children, running and playing. 
He was diagnosed with Proteus Syndrome. In spite of his many 
problems, he always had a sweet spirit and a ready smile. God 
used him to touch many lives during his short stay here. 

Timothy is survived and will be missed by his parents, Steven 



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and Susan, four brothers; Benjamin and Stephanie (Heisey), 
Taylorsville, Mississippi, Chris, Kristofer, Jonathan, and one sis- 
ter, Emily all at home, one nephew, Brad and one niece, Megan, 
Taylorsville, Mississippi, maternal grandparents, Maurice and 
Marjorie Miller, Modesto, California, paternal grandparents, Herman 
and Eileen Beachler, North Manchester, Indiana and many aunts, 
uncles, cousins, and friends. 

A service was held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, March 29, 1998, at 
the Plevna Dunkard Brethren Church with Brother Robert Car- 
penter and Brother Lloyd Lorenz officiating. Burial was at the North 
Manchester Old German Baptist Church Cemetery. "I shall go to 
him, but he shall not return to me." II Samuel 12:23. 

We want to thank each one of you who helped in any way 
with Timothy. He was such a blessing to us and many others. 
Your prayers are so vital and helpful. God bless you all. 

In Christ's Love, 

Brother Steven, Sister Susan Beachler and family 

MARRIAGE 

SMELTZER-MAJUSICK 

Brother Ronald Smeltzer, son of Lee Smeltzer and Bonnie 
Sweitzer of Pennsylvania, was united in marriage with Miss Stacy 
Majusick, daughter of Walter and Sandra Majusick of Ohio. The 
wedding was held October 18, 1997, at the Church of the Breth- 
ren, Troutwood, Ohio. The ceremony was conducted by Brother 
David Rice. The newlyweds are residing at 6274 Georgetown- 
Vernon Road, Lewisburg, OH 45338. 

MEETING NOTICES 

June 6-10 - 1998 General Conference, West Milton, Ohio. 
July 12-19 - Revival Meeting, Hart, Michigan 
July 24-August 2 - Revival Meeting, Englewood, Ohio 
August 9-16 - Plevna, Indiana 



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August 15-23 - Swallow Falls, Maryland 

August 16-23 - Dallas Center, Iowa 

August 30-September 6 - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania 

LOVEFEAST NOTICES 

July 18 - Hart, Michigan 

August 15 - Plevna, Indiana 

August 22 - Dallas Center, Iowa 

August 22 - Swallow Falls, Maryland 

NEWS ITEM 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation has chosen July 24 to August 
2 for Revivals. Brother Mark Andrews has consented to bring 
God's Word for our refreshing. We would appreciate your pres- 
ence and prayers that souls might be saved. 7:30 is the time for 
evening service. 

We are rejoicing in the addition of Carma and Bryan Wray by 
the right hand of fellowship. May God extend His blessings. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JULY 1998 

July 5 - Israel Obeys God's Commands Utterly - Joshua 10:28- 
43. 

1 . How can we utterly obey God's commands today? 

2. Why did God give Israel victory over all these cities and 
their kings? 

July 12 - Patience - Ps. 37:7-9, Lam. 3:26-27, II Tim. 2:24-25. 

1 . How long shall we wait patiently upon the Lord? 

2. Why is patience so important in the life of a servant of 
the Lord? 



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July 19 - God Conquers All Obstacles -Joshua 11:1-14. 

1 . Because of what should we be afraid today? 

2. Why did God command to cripple all the horses and 
burn all the chariots? 

July 26 - As The Lord Commanded - Joshua 11:15-23, 
(homestudy-Josh. 12). 

1 . How should we live so that it might be said of us, as 
was said of Joshua, "He left nothing undone of all that 
the Lord commanded"? 

2. God could have given Israel the land without them hav- 
ing to conquer the inhabitants, so then why did God make 
them fight for the land? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

JULY 1998 

July 5 - A Good Name - Pro. 22:1 , Ec. 7:1 , Acts 6:2-4, III John 14. 

1 . Why is having a good name of so great value? 

2. Explain the statement, "Men of honest report". 

July 12 - Believer's Walk - Rom 6:4, I John 2:6, Gai. 5:16, Eph. 
5:2, I John 1:7, Eph. 4:1-3. 

1 . How do we "walk in newness of life"? 

2. How is it possible to walk as Christ walked? 

July 19- Liberty- Isa. 61:1-3, John 8:31-36, Rom. 8:16-21, Gal. 
5:13, 1 Pet. 2:13-16. 

1 . From what will the truth make us free? 

2. How could we wrongfully use "Liberty for an occasion 
to the flesh"? 

July 26 - Service - Matt. 21:28-32, I Cor. 15:58, James 2:14-26. 

1. How can we be "Always abounding in the work of the 
Lord"? 

2. What kind of service must we perform to show our faith? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McCiave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred 0. Piter, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E, Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer 

42 Doe Run Road 

Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C.Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 



Mike Wray, Secretary 
R.5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970 

H. Edward Johnson, Trea- 
surer 

1307 S.H.108 
Wauseon, OKI 43567 

Fred O. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 



Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold,OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 

4025 Woodland Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95358 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 



Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Paul Nell 

Woodland Drive 

R6 Box 6119 

Spring Grove,PA 17403-9489 

(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MIS- 
SION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
R 5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim.PA 17545 

Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Pecuiiar.MO 64078 

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VOL LXXVI 



JULY 1998 



NO. 7 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE CHURCH'S ONE FOUNDATION 

The church has one Foundation, Tis Jesus Christ her Lord; 
She is his new creation, By water and by word; 
From heav'n he came and sought her, To be his holy bride; 
With his own blood he bought her, And for her life he died. 

Elect from ev'ry nation, Yet one o'er all the earth, 
Her charter of salvation, One Lord, one faith, one birth, 
One holy name she blesses, Partakes one holy food, 
And to one hope she presses, With ev'ry grace endued. 

The church shall never perish! The dear Lord to defend, 
To guide, sustain and cherish, Is with her to the end. 
Tho' there be those that hate her, And false sons in her pale, 
Against or foe or traitor She ever shall prevail. 



'Mid toil and tribulation, And tumult of her war, 
She waits the consummation Of peace for evermore, 
Till with the vision glorious Her longing eyes are blest, 
And the great church victorious Shall be the church at rest. 

-Samuel J. Stone 



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A LIVING BODY 

When death strikes, there is an instant change in the appear- 
ance of the body of that person. No matter how talented the morti- 
cian may be at making the corpse seem lifelike, he will fail. Those 
who view the remains of the deceased may remark that the de- 
parted looks almost lifelike. The fact that such a comment is made 
reveals the great gulf between the living and the dead. A few min- 
utes spent at a funeral home will quickly show the difference be- 
tween the living and the dead. 

Those who linger before the death summons is sounded, may 
grow very still and even appear to not be living, but there is always 
a little movement, a breath, a sigh, or moan that indicates that the 
great exchange has not yet occurred. Some may be in a coma, 
some may not be mentally aware, some may express their desire to 
be done with this life, but until God sets the limit, they continue to 
live and breathe. As soon as that last breath is taken, the last im- 
age is seen and the last sound is heard, a great change takes place. 
Although just a moment before that body was the dwelling place of 
a significant life, capable of love, anger, physical feats, intellectual 
knowledge and many other processes identified with life, now it is 
cold, stiff, unfeeling and unknowing. All manner of emotions could 
be shared right up to that transforming moment. Afterwards there 
could be no sharing. The voice is stilled, the twinkle gone from the 
eye, the strength gone from the limbs. Now there remains only the 
cold clay, that deserves respectful handling as the former dwelling 

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place of the spirit of man and hopefully of the Spirit of God. 

When the spirit of life is present there is a living body, but when 
it departs the body becomes cold, still and unfeeling. Just as the 
natural spirit of life animates the physical body so the Holy Spirit 
gives life to the Spiritual body. When the Holy Spirit makes its abode 
in the body of a believer, there is spiritual life. That person is now 
capable of understanding Spiritual things. Before they were fool- 
ishness to him, but with the interpretive powers of the Holy Spirit 
they now make perfect sense. The Bible no longer is a dull, uninter- 
esting book, but the Word of God with a living message for the 
believer. 

Not only does the Spirit give life to individuals, but also to the 
Church. The Church is the body of Christ. It is the Bride of Christ. 
Just as the bride becomes a part of her husband through the mar- 
riage union, so the Church is joined to Christ. As the earthly body 
of Christ, she represents Him to the world. As He dwells at the 
Father's right hand, the Church shares the good news with a lost 
and dying world. 

There is as much danger that a church may die as an indi- 
vidual. Just as the body from which the living spirit has departed 
becomes cold and stiff so may the church that has become discon- 
nected from her source of life. A church that has lost the Holy Spirit 
as its source of life becomes a body that may try to imitate spiritual 
life, but will be unsuccessful. Instead there will be formality, ritual, 
and a social emphasis given to the gospel. When the blood-stained 
cross, the plan of salvation, a Biblical lifestyle and a willingness to 
share the gospel have disappeared, the life of that body has de- 
parted. A Church without the Holy Spirit is as dead as any corpse 
in the graveyard. 

The living Church will have activity, but not just man's activities 
and programs. The Church's activity will be that which is sanc- 
tioned and instituted in the Bible. A living church will be sharing the 
gospel with others who need it. A living church may not have all her 
activities as organized as they could be. Many mistakes may be 
made. She may be inefficient in carrying out her calling. She may 
waste resources in trying to do her task. All these failures are but 
signs that she is alive and struggling to do the right thing. The dead 



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Church is "at ease in Zion," while the living Church is trying to do the 
Lord's will. 

A living person can express love and concern, but one who is 
dead can not express or respond to these emotions. The living 
Church expresses love for her Lord, for her members and for the 
lost. That love may be shown in emotional attachment, in Spiritual 
teaching or in Godly discipline. The dead Church may spend much 
money and promote many social programs, but it fails to share the 
love of the Lord because the Holy Spirit is not present. 

There is a great difference between the living and the dead. 
There is as great a difference between a living and a dead church. 
We should each desire life. We should each desire to be a part of 
the living Church. 

Are you alive? Spiritually alive? 

M.C.Cook 



THREE PHOTOGRAPHS 

One evening as we were walking at a local mall, gliding briskly 
past all of the open doors and brightness, my eyes were riveted to 
a series of photographs. I stopped! There in the lower corner of the 
window was displayed a beautifully framed set of three photographs. 
The beauty and the finesse of the framing and the matting did not 
stop me. I stopped to study the content. I may not remember the 
exact details of the photograph, but I remember the impression that 
was stamped in my spirit. 

The first photograph was centered on a giant of a lighthouse. 
Obviously a man-made edifice, it jutted up from the bedrock which 
had been exposed along the shore. The camera angle was that of 
a helicopter view looking down upon the tapered pillar of stone, 
which stood dark and solid against its collar of white and green 
foam. About two-thirds of the height of the lighthouse was being 
enveloped by a crashing wave of the ocean like a white fluffy gar- 
ment being thrown about the shoulders of the solitary lighthouse. 

Taken only seconds later, the second photograph showed how 
the wave had advanced and wrapped its folds of water farther around 
the curvature of the solid rock. Suddenly, I noticed a man standing 



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at the base of the lighthouse in front of an open door. He looked so 
nonchalant. Perhaps he was holding a cup of coffee and mildly 
checking out the weather. 

My mind and eyes leaped to the third photograph to see what 
happened to the man! I could hear the roaring, crashing waves. I 
was experiencing the smell of the ocean and the salt spray that 
would practically drown you even before the wave rolled you under 
itself. In my heart I was screaming to the man to get back inside the 
lighthouse! 

But the man was just standing there, calmly watching as the 
wave subsided and spilled over the rocks around him and the foam 
settled into the water. He had seen it happen many times before. 
The power of the wave was broken over the solid rock that he stood 
beside and upon. 

Do you and I stand upon and beside a solid rock and a pillar of 
protection like the lighthouse keeper? Have we placed our fullest 
faith in the surest foundation of Jesus Christ? 

In I Corinthians 3:1 1 Paul reminds us: Tor other foundation can 
no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." There is nothing 
else in this universe that will strengthen and protect us and em- 
power us to withstand the onslaught of the crashing waves of sin. 
Jesus' foundation has already been laid for us. Believing faith will 
cause us to stand secure in His love. 

In II Timothy 2:19, Paul also wrote: "Nevertheless the founda- 
tion of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them 
that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ 
depart from iniquity." What does "depart from iniquity" mean in the 
context of the lighthouse keeper? Wisdom has taught him that if he 
walks around the lighthouse, stands on the ocean side, and faces 
the mountainous waves, then he will certainly be washed out to sin 
and drowned in his iniquities! His faith in the power of the Holy 
Spirit to break the force of the temptation will keep him on the shore 
side of the lighthouse! Some things in life are just not worth expe- 
riencing. They are far too destructive! "Depart from iniquity" and 
stand on the shore side to allow the Holy Spirit to break the power 
of sin. 

Standing on the shore side has another eternal benefit. That 



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focus and position keeps our eyes upon the shore, which is home. 
Our home is really in Heaven. As we maintain our focus upon be- 
ing with Jesus in Heaven, then we can relax about a lot of things in 
this life. The temptations of sin may be exploding nearby, but they 
have no power over us, as we are faithful in Christ and keep our 
eyes upon Heaven. 

Brother David Rice 

ON PREACHING SERMONS 

From the days of the Apostles to the present time, preaching 
has been a primary way for Christians to communicate God's Word 
to other men. The account given of the early Christians who were 
scattered because of the persecution of one named Saul, is that 
they "went everywhere preaching the word " 

This same Saul, whom we know now as the Apostle Paul, tes- 
tified that he was not sent to baptize, but rather to "preach the gos- 
pel." I Cor. 1:17. In his first letter to the Corinthians he furthermore 
emphasizes that he did not preach with "enticing words of man's 
wisdom", but rather "in demonstration of the Spirit and power." His 
concern was that man's faith would not rest "in the wisdom of men, 
but in the power of God." 

As Christians generally and as preachers specifically we ought 
to share the Apostle's concern. Faith that has its foundation in the 
skills and gifts or charisma of men will not stand the tests of time or 
eternity. How then do we approach the idea of becoming a "better" 
preacher? Is it counterproductive for the preacher to give attention 
to his own personal methods, skills and delivery? Does it offend 
the Holy Spirit to suggest that the preacher could improve in his 
habits or his grammar or his preparation? 

In all fairness, we concede that there are and have been in the 
past, preachers who were effective and loved by their congrega- 
tions, who would not have rated highly in such areas as grammar or 
efficient delivery. Even though we acknowledge this fact, can it 
rightly be used by preachers as justification for indifference toward 
their own weaknesses of method and habit? I think not. Giving 
diligence to personal improvement as a preacher need not be viewed 



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as positive evidence of personal pride or leaning on the wisdom of 



man. 



With this in mind, I share seven aspects of preaching sermons. 
PRAYER Preaching is many things. It is teaching. It is proclaim- 
ing. It can be a message of warning. Sometimes it will be a mes- 
sage of comfort. Some preaching will be prophetic in the sense 
that it will evaluate in the light of the Word current events and trends 
in the world. In all of this the preacher must see himself as much 
more than an academic. He is one called by God to be the voice of 
God to the people. This is not a calling that should result in inflated 
egos or a grasping for power and influence. Rather it should cause 
he who is called to fall on his face before God lest he would ever not 
take seriously his calling. 

If the preacher is to deliver God's message he needs to com- 
municate with God. Prayer is fundamental to communion with God. 
Without honest prayer, preaching will drift toward an academic ex- 
ercise. In prayer, the burden begins to develop, the eyes are opened 
to needs, and the stirring of the Spirit will be felt. Furthermore, the 
failings and faults of the preacher will be revealed when the knee is 
bent before the Father. It is necessary for the preacher to know his 
shortcomings. Sin in the heart will seal the lips. Failure in one's 
dealing with others will close doors of opportunity. The character of 
the preacher has a great bearing on the fruitfulness of his labors. 
PREPARATION The techniques of preparation will be as varied 
as the personalities of the preachers. Some prefer few notes while 
others use detailed notes. Some preachers prepare a message far 
in advance of its delivery while others prefer to prepare messages 
just before they are preached. At times there will of necessity be 
sermons preached with little time to prepare. 

It has been said that poor preparation makes long sermons. 
Certainly we recognize that it cannot truthfully be said that all longer 
sermons have been poorly prepared. Yet, most preachers have 
had the experience of getting more lengthy when they were less 
prepared than they should have been. Peter closes his second epistle 
with the encouragement to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." Good sermons are rooted in 
both grace and knowledge. A lack of grace creates difficulties be- 



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cause the preacher will manifest personal attitudes that can hinder 
the message, no matter how truthful it might be. You cannot make a 
clean separation of the personality and attitudes of the preacher 
and the truths he declares. Truth will stand regardless men's per- 
sonalities, but a lack of grace can greatly diminish the desired ef- 
fectiveness of the truth proclaimed. 

PASSION Sleepy preachers make sleepy hearers. If the truth has 
not moved the preacher the preacher will not move the congrega- 
tion. Preach convictions, not possibilities. However, the pulpit is 
not a soapbox where frustrations can be vented. Frustrations lack 
a sense of the authority of the Word. Simple truthfulness spoken 
with a quiet conviction is always more powerful then impassioned 
frustrations. 

It should be stated here that a raised voice does not necessar- 
ily prove conviction or give authority to the words spoken. Yet the 
preacher should always speak loud enough and clearly enough for 
all to understand. Some preachers have a more natural voice than 
others to accomplish this, but any preacher can improve his deliv- 
ery by being aware of his needs. 

PURPOSE It is good for the preacher to ask himself as he pre- 
pares his message, "What is the purpose of this sermon?" If his 
purpose is only to "fill the time", that is all he will do. Audiences will 
respond to messages with a clear purpose. Rambling and mean- 
dering is an effective way to undermine the authority of the Word. It 
will deaden its convicting power. 

There is virtue and power in brevity. Brevity does not necessar- 
ily mean sermons short in minutes but it well could. Excess wordi- 
ness dilutes and weakens purpose. Every sermon will have an 
introduction, but it needs to be relatively brief. When we listen to a 
sermon we from the beginning ask ourselves, although it may be 
unconsciously, what is the point or purpose of this message? If 
after several minutes the purpose of the message is not clear, audi- 
ences will begin to lose interest. 

Audiences likewise weaken in attention when there is an over 
amount of words and effort to make a point. This typically happens 
when the preacher keeps repeating a point in different ways to make 
sure the point is clear. It is useful to briefly review the points of a 



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message, but care needs to be taken to avoid excess. 

PRUNING We are creatures of habit. Preachers can develop 
habits that are distracting to the listeners. One such habit is crutch 
words or phrases. These are words or phrases used over and over 
but add no meaning to the message. Examples of this are phrases 
like, "I believe", "from time to time". Likewise the preacher should 
avoid using words or phrases that identify with modish language of 
the day. New crutch phrases have a way of creeping into the 
preacher's vocabulary. A loving and tactful wife can be of much 
assistance in helping her preacher husband prune out these un- 
necessary and distracting words and phrases. Likewise the 
preacher's wife can be a help to her husband in developing proper 
grammatical structure if this is a problem. 

The purpose of pruning is to improve. While some might be- 
lieve it is an evidence of pride to be concerned about these mat- 
ters, could we not say it might be an evidence of pride to resist 
improvement and growth, 

PROMPTNESS We have all heard the debate on how long a 
sermon should be. At times individuals have stated some quite 
extreme opinions. A little observation reveals that different settings 
reflect different customs and expectations. While some groups of 
Christians might be accustomed to sermons of an hour or more, 
other groups would be uncomfortable with messages of that length. 
The preacher needs to have a sensitivity to the setting and congre- 
gations ought to give their preachers a little liberty. Respecting 
other speaker's time, if there is more than one on the program, is 
simply a matter of charity. The opening devotions of any service 
ought not to dominate the meeting, whether it is the Sunday School 
or Church services or any other service. 

The human weakness of self-importance can cause the 
preacher to abuse the matter of time. If the audience senses any of 
the spirit "what I have to say is important, so just sit there until I am 
done", the message probably becomes less effective because it is 
tainted with a self-honoring spirit. 

Another habit the preacher ought to strive to avoid is adding 
more comments on the message after the closing song or closing 
prayer. As a basic rule when the message is finished, do not add 






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more later. Occasionally it may be appropriate, but it is not a rec- 
ommended habit. 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION People need scriptural truths applied 
to their own lives in practical ways. We need more than principles, 
we need applications. Principles without applications are mean- 
ingless. The less mature members of the body of Christ may need 
help more often than the mature to apply the Word to real life situa- 
tions. Theological dissertations that leave audiences asking, "What 
did he say" are not very profitable. The preacher should be willing 
to preach on a wide range of subjects found in the Word. It is too 
easy to fall into a pattern of only preaching certain types of mes- 
sages. A congregation who only heard messages on salvation would 
be an anemic crowd. Conversely, if all the congregation heard were 
sermons on how to dress as Christians, they likewise would not be 
very well fed. There is need for many types of sermons if the con- 
gregation is to grow towards perfection. Certainly it should always 
be clear to the hearers that there is no salvation outside of a per- 
sonal faith in the blood of Jesus Christ. There will be a mixture of 
"milk" and "strong meat". We need sermons that instruct on the 
issues of marriage, raising children, dealing in the business world 
and a host of other subjects. Trends, fads and activities that tend to 
lead Christians away from God need to be identified. It seems that 
some preachers rarely, if ever, muster the spiritual gumption to tackle 
these issues. These are subjects that cannot be preached on with- 
out much study, much observation and much prayer. Good ser- 
mons will appeal to the authority of the Word and make application 
of the Word to today's world. 

The Apostle Paul's encouragement to Timothy was "make full 
proof of thy ministry." The desire of our Lord is not that ministers 
view themselves as professionals, but rather that they pour their 
heart and life into being the best minister they can be, using their 
gifts and resources to the fullest. In many ways, congregations will 
reflect the quality of their leadership. This is a sobering thought. 

Brother Dennis St. John 



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WHO AM I 

Who am ! t0 be living in this day and age of the world? What is 
my need and my purpose? My life is pretty well spent and what 
good purpose has it been to God and my fellow man? 

Wh0 am l? Exodus 3:1 1-12. "And Moses said unto God Who 
am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the 
children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with 

thee;..." 

God certainly needs men and women to be lights in this dark 
world. Who am I that I could say no to God? Jonah tried to turn 
away from God's purpose and after three days and nights in the 
whale's belly he was ready to speak God's word. 

God promised Moses he would be with him. God has promised 
to supply all our needs according to His riches in Glory. Who am I 
that I can say no to God? 

I Sam. 18:18, "And David said unto Saul, Who am I ? and what 
is my life, or my father's family in Israel, that I should be son in law to 
the king?" 

Why would Jesus choose such a one as I to become His son 
when I and my father's house are a part of his creation We are 
among the millions that have not glorified His name as we should. 

Oh the Lord of God that He would say to me! I will make you 
fishers of men and raise from the dust to be heir of Glory. 

Only one life and it will soon be past and only what has been 
done for Christ will last. 

During World War II, I was called to become a soldier. But who 
was I that I could say no to my Lord when He wanted me to be His 
soldier, not to destroy life, but to save life. It was hard to leave wife 
and child and to be thousands of miles from them, but to be a good 
soldier of Jesus, I must go. I found comfort in the old hymn, "God is 
still on his throne and he will remember his own. The trials' oppose 
us and burdens distress us — he never will leave us alone." 

I had consolation in going to C.P.S. Camp that we were all going 
for the same purpose. There were a few in the camp of a hundred 
seventy-five who did not seem to have the same purpose Some 



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took the name of the Lord in vain and were heard swearing and did 
a few other things that did not show much love for their Lord, But 
when I look back on camp life there was a blessing in preparing me 
for future life. 

II Sam 7:16-18 Nathan the prophet spoke unto David saying, 
"And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever 
before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever. Then went 
king David in, and sat before the Lord, and he said, Who am I, 
Lord God? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hith- 
erto?" 

The reward for living and serving the Lord is forever, so let us 
hold on to eternal life and follow the Lord. 

Mark 1 4:1 8-1 9, "And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily 
I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. 
And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is 
it I? and another said, Is it I?" 

Matt. 26:25, "Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and 
said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said." 

Mark. 14:21 , "...good were it for that man if he had never been 
born." Judas realized later his reward of iniquity only brought more 
sorrow when he realized he had betrayed innocent blood. 

Oh the joy of being a disciple of Jesus and being born into a 
Heavenly Kingdom. Let us take up our cross and follow Him. 

Brother Frank D. Shaffer 

KENYA KNOTES 

Greetings dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus name! 

At this time we are making last day preparations for the arrival 
of Jeremiah, Debra and Hosanna Johnson. We are also trying to 
gather all necessary information for when the Mission Board meets 
at conference. This is sometimes difficult because so much is hap- 
pening or changing at any given moment. Let me tell you in more 
detail of at least one thing that happened here. 

A man and his friend came to our compound seeking medical 
and food assistance. Actually, they walked in and found me in the 



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yard out front attempting to wash the van. He greeted me and be- 
gan in Swahili describing and pointing to what looked like open 
wounds one would receive by falling off a moving vehicle only yes- 
terday. They were not bleeding but they were open and large. I 
called to Gilbert, one of our ministers, a carpenter, in the garage, 
building Hosanna's bed, to come help me talk to this man. We 
learned that these were not wounds but sores from a disease he 
had. He also showed us papers indicating $1 1 0.00 worth of medi- 
cine needed for this disease that he said is incurable. I had to go 
into the house because I knew if I did not I would soon be on the 
ground needing assistance, myself. The Grandview Church can 
testify about my weak head concerning such topics. 

Anyway, Gilbert continued the interview in the yard. I asked 
Terry to go see what she could see. Terry looked and listened, then 
she looked at her books. She did not recognize his skin disease 
but his feet had a condition that attacked his toes and would slowly 
pinch them off one by one if they were not amputated. The day was 
Friday and we could not take him to a doctor until Monday We 
could not help this man until a doctor had verified treatment. $1 1 0.00 
is more than I thought we should spend on a total stranger for an 
unknown cure. 

His friend suggested that if he went home to Ludwar, 280 km 
away, his family would be able to help him. That seemed to be an 
agreeable solution. We could buy him food and taxi fare without 
having to trust him to spend the money wisely. So that is what we 
did. I put a sheet over the van seats, took him to pack his things, 
bought two loaves of bread and a bunch of bananas, and paid the 
conductor his taxi fare to Ludwar. Ah yes, another Kenyan we have 
helped in time of need. 

The next day Hosea and Gilbert regreted to inform me that the 
man with the sores had split a part of the taxi fare with the conduc- 
tor, bought some opium and was selling and smoking it. He never 
left. I was really angry. He lied. I believed him. I could see his 
sores! He wasted God's money. I gave it to him. Why should I 
expect anything else? Why get angry? This was not the first time 
nor will it be the last time somebody will take God's money from me 
with false motives. I did the best I could to ensure the money was 



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spent wisely. We washed our hands, washed the sheet, said our 
prayers and asked for strength. The van still needs to be washed. 

Are we so much better than this man with the sores? What 
must we look like to God with all our sores of unrighteousness? We 
pray to God for forgiveness. We wear clothes that follow doctrine 
but we sell the blessings of God to fulfill the lust of the flesh. We do 
not watch television but what about questionable videos on our com- 
puter monitor? We can keep our house and car maintained but the 
tithe will need to wait until later. We are saved by grace and sealed 
unto the day of redemption but how many sores of sin do we keep 
in our lives so that we can enjoy the pleasures of this world? 

Upon self-examination I find I have no clean fingers to point at 
this man. Oh, Lord forgive me of my anger and self-righteousness. 
Change my heart. Grant me wisdom to be able to help man with 
his daily bread and reveal to him the bread of life. 

God's Peace 
Brother Tim Scofield 

Another Wednesday women's meeting is over. As we load up 
the van, to take the women home, I realize it will soon be dark. I 
decide if would be better to deliver Sister Milka home first since she 
lives the farthest away She lives about ten kilometers from our 
place. With the bad roads, it takes about twenty minutes to get 
there. 

As we are leaving Milka's home we notice a woman and her 
daughter flagging us down. I seldom pick up extra passengers, as 
I would get no other work done but deliver people. We drive on by. 
It was almost dark and not a good time to pick up passengers. We 
no sooner passed them when I knew the Lord was telling me to 
stop and give them a ride. 

The woman came to the window. Could we please give them a 
ride to the Kapenguria hospital? Her daughter was having a mis- 
carriage. Of course, we help them. The daughter climbed in the 
van and went to the back bench seat. The woman ran into a house 
and came back with a little girl around four years old. She is the 
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The road back to Kapenguria is a dirt road that is more like a 
trail than a road. When you finally hit blacktop at Aromaget the 
black top is so full of pot holes, it is not much better than the dirt 
road. I took it slow. The poor girl was in so much pain, you could 
hear her crying. 

Just as we reached the hospital, the baby was born. I quickly 
parked the van. Everyone climbed out. Florence climbed in the 
van to help the mother as I ran around the van to join her. Florence 
carefully wrapped the little girl baby in a blanket. She was alive, but 
four months premature. We had no supplies for birthing with us. It 
just never crossed my mind to carry any. Be sure we will from now 
on. We tried to make the mother comfortable and waited for the 
placenta to come. By the time the placenta came, the baby was 
hardly breathing. Florence used a ziploc bag I had for a rubber 
glove and picked up the placenta. She put it in with the baby. We 
covered the baby's head, knowing it was almost dead. The mother 
did not have any tears over the death of her child. 

Everyone climbed back in the van. We started on the trip back 
to the woman's home. After a time of silence the church sisters 
began to sing songs of praise. We arrived at the home and Flo- 
rence carried the baby into the house. I carried the little girl. We 
made sure the mother was comfortable and all bowed their heads 
in prayer. It was a beautiful time. Songs of praise were sung all the 
way back to town. The song leader was Roselynn. She lost three 
babies at birth. She was holding her four month old son. I know in 
her heart she was thanking God for her baby. In some ways it was 
a very beautiful and touching time. It was also a very sad time. This 
young woman was living alone. Her husband left her when she 
became pregnant by a boyfriend. The boyfriend also left. She has 
no income and a small child to care for. She did not need another 
child. She took the path so many Kenya women take. She aborted 
the baby. Here new life is not a gift from God, it is a burden. This 
problem runs so deep in their lives here. Much prayer is needed for 
the people here. Much prayer is needed for the unborn child. 

Love in Christ Jesus, 
Sister Terry Scofield 



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WAR IN KENYA 

There is war in Kenya. The Pokot and the Markwet tribes are 
fighting. 

One Sunday afternoon we were playing volleyball at the 
Makutano show grounds, where our church is located. Several big 
military trucks came driving in and started unloading supplies, such 
as tents, chairs, camp stoves, and so forth. It was not long before 
they made us leave. The Kenya military is now stationed at the 
Mankutano show grounds, with their officers sleeping in our church, 
so we have church at our house now. 

The military is searching peoples' homes for guns and stolen 
cattle. There have been Pokot raids in the towns around Makutano, 
but as of yet, none here in town. 

Helicopters are flying in and out of the show grounds daily, bring- 
ing in more troops, if anyone, that is not a military officer, is found 
inside the show grounds they are thrown in jail. 

The Pokot and Markwet are both armed with guns, so there is 
heavy fighting and it is rapidly making its way towards Makutano. 

A big problem in Africa is that everyone speaks a different lan- 
guage. This makes it hard to communicate. Rather than try to 
communicate, they just kill each other. Their only hope is Jesus 
Christ, but, unfortunately, they are more loyal to their tribe than they 
are to God. Life goes on in Kenya. 

Brother Matthew Scofield 

PRISONER 
Chains bind me fast 

To this dungeon wall. 
The reason I'm here? 

Something about a fall. 
I used to think 

I could never die. 
But then I was hit 

And discovered the lie. 
It's so cold in here 



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And damp as well. 
Mold forms on my feet 

And what is that smell? 
The key to my chains 

Is only inches away. 
Am I willing to reach it 

To make them like clay? 
The gift is free 

It's mine for the asking. 
Can I put away my pride 

And all that it's masking. 
If I can 

I will truly be free. 
And I will know what it's like 

For You to know me. 

Brother William Scofield 

NOTES FROM NAVAJOLAND 

EROSION 

Much of Navajoland and of the Southwestern part of this coun- 
try is characterized by erosion. It is not uncommon to see where 
soil has eroded to a depth of six feet after one heavy rain causing 
arroyos which cannot be crossed with a vehicle. From any point in 
theTorreon area, one can see strange shapes that have been made 
from erosion; Lions, a camel, a seal, a piece of pie, and a ham- 
burger to name a few. These shapes are unusual and interesting 
and are often photographed, Erosion does have a value because 
when the rock erodes, it eventually is washed into the valleys and 
becomes soil. 

Erosion of a different sort is causing manifold problems. Among 
the Navajo people we are witnessing an erosion of health. Histori- 
cally the Navajos' have been a hearty people. Behind many wind 
and sun weathered faces were strong bones and a body capable of 



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withstanding many hardships of life and extending life in many cases 
to old age. We remember Jose Toledo, Sr., who in his nineties and 
blind would often be seen at the wood pile chopping wood which he 
could not see. Or Lewis Toledo, also blind, as an old man digging 
post holes to build a corral. Today, however, we are witnessing 
many of the Navajos being afflicted with diabetes, kidney, and heart 
disease. Most of these people will not live to an old age due to the 
erosion of their health. 

The lost value of a work ethic is taking its toll on the Navajos, 
also. The flocks of sheep are becoming smaller in number. Fewer 
boys and girls experience the benefit of being shepherds like their 
parents and grandparents. As the American culture continues to 
make inroads into the far reaches of the reservation, slowly but 
surely, it brings an easier lifestyle. 

A lesson for us all is that even as a rock can be eroded if given 
enough time, so can health, values, standards and even one's walk 
with God if proper maintenance is not applied in sufficient time. 
Many lives have been lost because of improper concern and care 
was not given while there yet was hope. Likewise, many who once 
walked with God have failed in that good calling and who like the 
angels have lost "their first estate." 

May we all look to the foundations of our lives. Look for the 
crumbling signs of indifference and the termites of human weak- 
ness and make the necessary repairs while there is hope. 

Brother David Skiles 

I CHANGE NOT 

Continued from May 1998 Bible Monitor 

Lest we should still be fearful and afraid as we see the on- 
slaught of Satan against the people of God, we will speak expressly 
of Emmanuel, which being interpreted is GOD with US. Matt. 1 :23. 

The Son of God, whom Satan sought to slay as a child, was 
protected in Egypt. Again and again, Satan sought to destroy Him, 
but was unable, for Jesus was able to overcome, because he was 
both GOD and MAN. 

Phil 2:6-1 1 , "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not rob- 



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bery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and 
took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness 
of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, 
and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name 
which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee 
should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things 
under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus 
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." 

One day after a very tiring day of teaching and healing He took 
ship with His disciples, and laid down, as a man to sleep. But when 
a great storm arose so that they were in jeopardy, they awakened 
Him and say unto Him, "Master, carest thou not that we perish?" 
But as God He rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea be still. 
Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? Read about 
it in Matt. 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41 , Luke 8:22-25. 

"And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another What 
manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" 
Mark 4:41. 

When Jesus was baptized and anointed of the Spirit of God, 
they heard the voice of God saying "This is my beloved Son, in 
whom I am well pleased." Matt. 3:17 and Mark 1:11. 

Immediately he was driven by the Spirit, into the wilderness to 
be tempted of the devil. Matt. 4:1 and Mark 1:12-13. He was able 
to overcome all the temptations of the devil, by the use of the scrip- 
tures. 

When He had preached at Nazareth they sought to kill him. 
"But he passing through the midst of them went his way." Luke 
4:16-30. 

The Jews often sought to kill Him. John 5:1 8, 7:30, 8:59, 1 0:39, 
1 1 :53. All of these attempts failed because His hour had not come. 
So all of Satan's wily attempts upon His life failed. 

But His hour finally came. He went to meet it and gave His life 
for you and me. John 12:27, John 18, 19. He walked with and 
among men that He might show us the Father. John 14:1-11. 

Peter sought to defend Him with a sword, Matt. 26:51 , but though 



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He could have called twelve legions of angels He chose to die as 
man that He might come forth as God. 

Satan may have thought he had gained the victory but the pur- 
pose of God was fulfilled in that he tasted death for every man. In 
that He arose from the grave, He gave glorious life to all who would 
believe on His name. So the victory was God's. II Cor. 13:4, Tor 
though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the 
power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with 
him by the power of God toward you." 

So let us have faith in the one who is King of kings and Lord of 
lords, that we may be among the called and chosen and faithful. 
Rev. 17:14. 

Please read Rev. 19:1-9, especially these words beginning with 
verse 6. "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and 
as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, 
saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. Let us be 
glad and rejoice, and give honour to htm: for the marriage of the 
Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready And to her 
was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and 
white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith 
unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the mar- 
riage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true 
sayings of God." 

Lead on, O King Eternal, The day of march has come; 
Henceforth in fields of conquest Thy tents shall be our home: 
Thro' days of preparation Thy grace has made us strong, 
And now, O King Eternal, we lift our battle song. 

Lead on, O King Eternal, Till sin's fierce war shall cease, 
And Holiness shall whisper The sweet Amen of peace; 
For not with swords loud clashing, Nor roll of stirring drums; 
With deeds of love and mercy, The heav'nly kingdom comes. 

Lead on, O King Eternal: We follow, not our fears, 

For gladness breaks like morning Where'er Thy face appears; 

Thy cross is lifted o'er us; We journey in its light: 

The crown awaits the conquest; Lead on, O God of might." 



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God bless you and give you the peace that passeth understand- 
ing. 

Brother William Carpenter 

LET US GET RID OFTHE ROOTS 

Sometimes we do not see ourselves as the Lord sees us, and 
possibly, as others see us. Sometimes we keep those ill wild sinful 
roots because we like them. They are the means of getting what 
the old sinful man or woman wants. Sometimes we just do not 
realize what our old roots are, that stand out to others. Have we 
failed to put all our sin on the altar of sacrifice. 

Selfishness is one of the big sins when we want to keep, and 
obtain more and more for self. Not only do we hoard money and 
wealth, but we also hold back time and encouragement that should 
be given to others, which perhaps means more to them than dollar 
bills. Remember that James says, the whole duty of man is to visit 
the widows and orphans in their affliction, and keep ourselves un- 
spotted from the world. When we meet the people who do this I 
believe we are meeting conscientious, bom-again, Christians. They 
are giving to the persons and not expecting anything in return. The 
Lord repays them in blessings many times over. 

How do we pray? As the Pharisee, who went to the Temple 
thankful that he was not as other men were, or as the sinner beside 
him, who prayed, "Lord be merciful to me a sinner"? He felt that he 
was the clay and the Lord was the potter. As King David we should 
pray "O Lord search me and try me", realizing that we may not see 
our own faults. We want to walk as pure and clean as possible 
before our fellow men and the Lord. This is the way the great men 
of God prayed. 

We need great men of God these days. We will need them 
more and more as the days of man's and God's wrath approaches. 
We can never get right with God and man too soon. It seems hard 
for people to get away from bad company. The more they are fos- 
tered the harder it is to discard bad company. The more we are with 
them, the more they influence us. 

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deceivable act he possibly can to sidetrack all the born-again be- 
lievers possible. We need more prayer warriors begging God's help 
to guide us away from sin, sinful people and sinful practices that we 
see in ourselves or do not see. The Lord will reward us in his own 
way and time. We can trust him, his promises are sure, but Satan is 
a liar and deceiver. Let us be careful who we believe and follow, the 
great I Am or the monster deceiver. 

The Apostle Paul admonished the Corinthians in I Cor. 11:1 to 
be followers of him as he was also of Christ. We are not to follow 
people any farther than they follow Christ. When we have friends 
who want us to do something rather than be in the house of God we 
had better realize it would be much better to forsake the disenting 
factor than to forsake the house of God. The devil is constantly with 
us and at work trying to mislead every child of God so that he or 
she grows cold in God's service. Such so-called friends will many 
times be responsible when these people find that Heaven's gate is 
closed, and the books are closed, and eternal judgment has been 
pronounced, "I never knew you." 

"Today is the day of salvation, harden not your hearts." God has 
given us His best. He expects our best of us. So do not be as the 
foolish virgins until the door of opportunity has been closed and the 
door is shut. This life is only a wee bit of time, ETERNITY is forever. 
God loves you, the born-again loves you, why sell out for a mess of 
pottage that you enjoy today, but lasts only today, and tomorrow be 
as hungry as you were today, or maybe more so. 

Prepare today to meet thy God, tomorrow may be too late. Look 
up, climb up and not slide down. A dead fish can float down stream, 
but it takes a live fish to swim upstream — so is the Christian walk in 
our lives. It takes constant effort or we will find ourselves floating 
with the devil-crowd where the road is wide and paved and we have 
lots of company to keep us entertained, but ends in the eternal lake 
of fire. 

The Lord does not force us to obey Him. He lets us choose our 
way of life and destination. Which will it be? God's best blessing or 
a furnace of fire and brimstone? There is a vast difference between 
the two. Likewise there should be a vast difference in our lives 
today. GOD help us. We need to be awakened out of our spiritual 



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sleep. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

WITH A PURE HEART, FERVENTLY 

I Peter 1 :22-23, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying 
the truth through the spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see 
that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born 
again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of 
God, which liveth and abideth for ever." 

"See that ye love one another with a pure heart, fervently." This 
is a command from the Lord through the Apostle Peter to all those 
in Christ Jesus. We have already purified ourselves through the 
Holy Spirit by obeying the truth. Now we must love one another. 
Some say we cannot purify ourselves. The scripture tells us in I 
John 3:3, "And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth him- 
self, even as he (the Lord Jesus Christ) is pure." We purify our- 
selves through the Spirit, He that teaches us all things. To purify 
ourselves is evidence that we have a desire to please God and to 
sit at His feet. This purification is a continual process, taking our 
whole life. Paul says in Philippians 3:12, "Not as though I had al- 
ready attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that 
I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ 
Jesus." I seek to take possession of Christ, even as Christ has 
already taken possession of me. So Peter says, since we have 
already established a relationship with Christ through the Spirit, we 
should then love one another as Christ loved us. 

The relationship we have with Christ allows us to love the breth- 
ren without pretense: to be open and honest in our dealings, with- 
out pretending. There should be no motive in our love except to 
give honor and glory unto God. We should show no more love to 
the Elder because of his position than to anyone else. A pure heart 
can only come from God. To love fervently means to do so with 
much heat, or warmth. 

I Peter 1 :23 tells us that our "religion" should come from above, 
not from below. Many followed Jesus, but not so many followed 
Him at the end. Only John was with Him at the cross. Can our 



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Christianity be bought from us for an earthly price? Can our rela- 
tionship with Jesus be corrupted? Or is it an incorruptible life that 
we live before God and the world? 

Our duty is to love one another with a pure heart fervently. How 
do we measure up? 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

WOLVES IN THE SHEEPFOLD 

"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's cloth- 
ing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." Matthew 7:15. 

This warning from our Lord directly follows His instructions con- 
cerning the way to eternal life. "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for 
wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, 
and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, 
and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that 
find it." 

The fact that these false prophets who are inwardly ravening 
wolves "come to you" should cause us to sit up and take notice. 
These individuals are not trying to win converts from those outside 
Christ's sheepfold but are attempting to bring confusion to the minds 
of those who are Christ's sheep. We are convinced that many of 
these individuals are not even aware that they are false prophets. 
They sincerely believe that what they are teaching is to be found 
within the pages of God's Holy Word. They uphold the Bible as the 
infallible Word of God. Are these individuals saved? We leave that 
judgment in the hands of God. 

However, there are individuals who obviously are not within the 
household of true faith. These false prophets who come in sheep's 
clothing deny that the Bible is the infallible word of God. They deny 
the truths concerning the Lord Jesus Christ, miracles and many 
other Bible teachings. 

Strangely enough, there are both those who uphold the Bible 
as the infallible Word of God and those who deny this who are pro- 
moting four questions that are bringing great confusion within the 



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sheepfold. At first glance these questions appear to be very legiti- 
mate. We can easily understand why so many have fallen victim to 
their appeal. 

The first of these questions is, "Is it vital to salvation?" The 
thrust of this question is if something is not vital to salvation then it 
should not be a major concern to those within the sheepfold. The 
problem is that most of those who are asking this question are also 
teaching that what you do has nothing at all to do with your salva- 
tion. They would restrict the "narrow way" to the fact that Jesus 
Christ is the only way to Heaven. This is a vital truth which is de- 
nied by those in the second category we discussed. But, according 
to the rest of this chapter and many other portions of the Word of 
God recognizing Jesus Christ as The Way, the Truth and The Life is 
not sufficient. We must also obey His instructions. 

The second question that is asked is, "Does it cause dissen- 
sion?". The implication of this question being that anything that 
causes a disturbance within the sheepfold must be wrong. We are 
persuaded that there is far too much nit picking going on within the 
sheepfold. There have been splits and splinters over issues that, 
we are persuaded, could have been resolved. There are many is- 
sues that are not directly dealt with in Holy Scripture that become a 
battlefield within the ranks of believers. But to say that nothing should 
be discussed and even defended that will cause dissension is to 
deny the authority of the Word of God. 

A third question put forth is, "Is it a form of legalism?". The 
emphasis of this question is that anything not directly found in Holy 
Scripture that is made church practice is legalism. The most dan- 
gerous result of this question is that it is popular today to re-inter- 
pret many portions of Holy Scripture to fit modern theology. 

The final question on our list (I am sure others could be added) 
that false prophets are asking is, "Did Jesus teach it?". The infer- 
ence of this question is that nothing in Holy Scripture is really valid 
unless it came directly from the mouth of Jesus Christ. They would 
make Holy Scripture be in contrast and opposition rather than in 
Holy Harmony. To be fair, this question is almost always asked by 
those who deny that the Bible is the infallible Word of God. 

It can not be denied that these questions have had an impact 



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on those within our own sheepfold. There is much talk about tear- 
ing down the fences so the sheep can freely mingle. The only prob- 
lem with that philosophy is that when the fences are down there is 
nothing left to protect the sheep from the wolves! 

It is not popular to point out that Jesus Christ said concerning 
eternal life and Truth "few there be that find it" We believe it would 
be cultic to describe any organization as the One True Church. But 
we also believe it is dangerous to set aside beliefs and practices 
because they are no longer popular. Let us strive for the strait and 
narrow way and beware of the wolves. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

WHO IS YOUR MASTER? 

"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, 
and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the 
other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24. 

As we look around us in the world today, people are busy laying 
up worldly treasures. Greed is on every hand. People are so busy 
becoming rich that they have time for nothing else. They reject 
God. They ignore their neighbors. There is no time for church, for 
Bible study, or prayer. Their thoughts are centered on worldly gain 
and laying in store for retirement. Are we, God's people, caught up 
in this way of life? The Bible says, "Set your affection on things 
above, not on things on the earth." Colossians 3:2. 

We must be careful that our earthly possessions do not come 
before God. If we covet earthly riches, we cannot serve God faith- 
fully. Jesus tells us, "For where your treasure is, there will your 
heart be also." Matthew 6:21 . 

If we choose to serve the riches of this world, we cannot lay up 
treasures in Heaven. We will not have time to study the Word. We 
will not have time to spend in prayer. We will not have time to spread 
the Gospel through witnessing. Nor will we have time to go to church 
or have fellowship with God's people. 



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We need to focus our attention on laying up treasures in Heaven. 
We must be diligent in our service to God. Tell others about Jesus. 
Be a good example and a light to the unsaved. Study God's Word 
daily Spend time in prayer. Attend church faithfully. Lay up trea- 
sures in Heaven, where they will last for eternity. 

Who is your master: God or mammon? 

Brother Robert Lichtenberger 

MEETING NOTICES 

July 12-19 - Revival Meeting, Hart, Michigan 

July 24-August 2 - Revival Meeting, Englewood, Ohio 

August 9-1 6 - Revival Meeting, Plevna, Indiana 

August 9-16 - Revival Meeting, Dallas Center, Iowa 

August 15-23 - Revival Meeting, Swallow Falls, Maryland 

August 30-September 6 - Revival Meeting, Shrewsbury, Pennsyl- 
vania 

September 6-13 - Revival Meeting, Grandview, Missouri 

September 13 - Harvest Meeting, Englewood, Ohio 

September 18-27 - Revival Meeting, West Fulton, Ohio 

September 20-27 - Revival Meeting, Bethel, Pennsylvania 

September 20-27 - Revival Meeting, Quinter, Kansas 

September 20-27 - Revival Meeting, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 

September 27-October 4- Revival Meeting, Walnut Grove, Maryland 

September 27 - Harvest Meeting West, Fulton, Ohio 

LOVEFEAST NOTICES 

July 18- Hart, Michigan 

August 15 - Plevna, Indiana 

August 15 - Dallas Center, Iowa 

August 22 - Swallow Falls, Maryland 

September 12 - Grandview, Missouri 

September 26 - Quinter, Kansas 



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NEWS ITEMS 

HART, MICHIGAN 

The Lord willing the Hart Congregation is looking forward to our 
Revival Meetings July 12 through 19, with Lovefeast on July 18. 
Bro. James Meyers of Dallas Center, Iowa will be our evangelist. 
There will be services on Saturday at 1 0:00 A.M., 2:00 RM. and the 
Lovefeast at 6:30 RM. A loving invitation is extended to alt to come 
to these meetings. If you can not come then please pray for these 
meetings. 

Please remember Bro. Jeremiah and Sis. Debra Johnson in 
prayer as they have recently gone from Hart to Kenya to serve as 
missionaries. 

Sis. Anna Powell, Cor. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls, Maryland Congregation is planning a fall 
revival, August 1 5 through 23 with Bro. Ray Stuber of Felton, Penn- 
sylvania as evangelist. Services each evening at 7:30, Sunday 
mornings Sunday School at 10:00 A.M., preaching at 11:00 A.M. 
Lovefeast, Saturday, August 22, 7:30 P.M., Sunday August 23 a 
carry-in-dinner will be served on the grounds. Everyone is wel- 
come and invited. Come and enjoy these services with us. 

We had good services at our March revival. Bro. Frank E. Shaffer 
and wife were with us. He did not shun to preach the Gospel. Our 
worst snow storm of the winter happened during that week, so the 
crowds were small, but it was spiritually strengthening to those who 
did face the storm. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder, Cor. 
SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Shrewsbury Congregation is looking for- 
ward to our Revival Meetings this summer. They will start Sunday 
August 30 through September 6. Bro. Len Wertz, from Quinter, 
Kansas, will be our Evangelist. Pray for those who need to accept 
the Lord in these last days. Come, worship, pray, sing, and enjoy 
the blessings with us. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 



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DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Lord willing, the Dallas Center, Iowa Congregation will hold 
a revival meeting starting Sunday, August 9 through August 1 6. Bro. 
Phil Gish will bring the Word. There will be Lovefeast services Sat- 
urday, August 15. Come and worship with us and pray for true 
revival. 

Sister Mary Sue Moss, Cor. 
THANKYOU 
Dear Brothers and Sisters, 

Our thanks to all of you who sent greeting cards, and did pages 
for our 50th anniversary scrapbook. We appreciated so much your 
helping to make our special day more special. 

Brother Paul and Sister Dorothy Nell 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR AUGUST 

August 2 - Enthusiasm - Ps. 96:2, Ecc. 9:1 0, II Cor. 9:1-2, 1 Cor. 1 5:58 

1 . What should we do with all our might? 

2. How would you rate your personal zeal in service to the 
Lord? 

August 9 - I Wholly Followed The Lord-Joshua 14:1-9 (Homestudy 
Jos. 13). 

1. How can we live a life of which it can be said "I wholly 
followed the Lord my God."? 

2. For what length of time is a promise valid? 

August 16- Give Me This Mountain -Joshua 14:10-15, 15:13-20. 

1 .What did Caleb do during the forty-five years following the 
promise which is given as the reason for him receiving the 
fulfillment of the promised inheritance? 

2. In addition to receiving the land, what other promise did 
God fulfill to Caleb? 

August 23 - If Thou Be A Great People-Joshua 17:1-18 (Homestudy 
Jos. 16) 

1 . Why could the Canaanites not be driven out of the land 



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by the children of Manassah? 

2. Why did Joshua say the house of Joseph would be able 
to drive out the Canaanites? 

August 30 - Self-Control - Gen. 39:7-1 2, Matt. 27:1 1 -1 4, Titus 1 :7-1 1 . 

1 . What kept Joseph from yielding to the temptation to sin? 

2. Why did Jesus not answer the accusations of the wit- 
nesses, nor defend Himself before Pilate? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

AUGUST 1998 

August 2 - Clean Living- Ps. 119:1-6, I John 2:14-17. 

1 . How can we become and stay undefiled? 

2. How do we determine whether something is of the world 
or of the Father? 

August 9 - Following the Crowd - Ex. 23: 1 -2, Deut 1 2:28-32, II Kings 
17:15, Matt. 23:1-12. 

1 . Why is the multitude usually doing evil? 

2. What has God promised for us if we do that which is good 
and right in the sight of God? 

August 1 6 - Awake Or Asleep - Mark 1 3:34-37, 1 4:32-40, Eph. 5:14- 
17. 

1 . How is it possible to think we are awake and yet actually 
be asleep? 

2. What does it mean to watch and pray? 

August 23 - Straight Paths - Deut. 5:32-33, Josh. 1 :8-9, Prov. 4:26- 
27, Heb. 12:13-14. 

1 . What may be on the right hand and on the left hand that 
would distract us from the straight path? 

2. How do you "make straight paths for your feet"? 

August 30 - Witnessing - Isa. 62:6, Mark 5:18-20, II Tim. 1:8-13, I 
Pet. 3:10-16. 

1 . Why was Paul not ashamed to witness for the Lord? 

2. How can we "Be ready always to give an answer to every 
man that asketh"? 



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VOL. LXXV1 



AUGUST 1998 



NO. 8 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHO'LL BETHE NEXT? 

Who'll be the next to follow Jesus? 
Who'll be the next his cross to bear? 
Some one is ready, some one is waiting; 
Who'll be the next a crown to wear? 

Who'll be the next to follow Jesus — 
Follow his weary, bleeding feet? 
Who'll be the next to lay ev'ry burden 
Down at the Father's mercy seat? 

Who'll be the next to follow Jesus? 
Who'll be the next to praise his name? 
Who'll swell the chorus of free redemption — 
Sing hallelujah! Praise the Lamb? 






Who'll be the next to follow Jesus, 
Down thro' the Jordan's rolling tide? 
Who'll be the next to join with the ransomed, 
Singing upon the other side? 

-Annie S. Hawks 



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CHOOSING SECOND BEST 

When Sears, Roebuck and Company issued catalogs, those 
writing descriptions of the items, would classify the various items 
as good, better or best. The good items were basic items with few 
frills and options. The better items were better than the good but 
not as good as the best products. The best products had the latest 
technology, the most available options and often were built to last 
longer. The customer had to make a decision concerning which 
product he would buy. Would it be the good, the better or the best? 

The same decision needs to be made when buying an item in a 
store. Sometimes we decide to buy the style that is rated as sec- 
ond best. The second best may be a very serviceable item. It 
would be better than the basic item, but lacking some of the fea- 
tures of the best item. It would probably meet the actual needs of 
the purchaser in most situations. Sometimes it makes sense to 
purchase the more expensive item, if its features are needed and it 
will give better service over a longer period of time. Otherwise it 
might be wise to buy the second best item. 

The idea of purchasing the second best item shows a desire to 
have something that is useful, well-constructed, longer lasting than 
the basic product, yet shows a deference to other forces. It may be 
a financial decision. The best just costs too much. The initial pur- 
chase price may be too high at that time. To have the best may elicit 
feelings of pride that might be contrary to good relations with oth- 

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ers. While not as long lasting, or as fancy, or having all the latest 
technology, the second best may be very serviceable. Sometimes 
the only difference might be decorative, rather than substantive. 

There are other times when only the best will do. To buy a 
product of lesser quality would be to waste time and money on an 
inferior product. The best truly is the best. The best should be our 
choice in that situation. 

Many when choosing their Spiritual foundation choose the sec- 
ond best. Although the best is available to them at no extra price, 
they choose to follow the course put before them by Satan. Satan 
has ever set before men that which is inferior and defective. He 
might put a lot of decorative and deceptive devices on his product, 
but that does not improve its Spiritual quality. What He has to offer 
will be made to look attractive, but it will lead to a disappointing end. 

Many do choose the second best. They do not adequately look 
into the deceptive advertising that Satan employes. He promises 
them the best of times, but leads them into an eternity of suffering 
and separation. He promises them the easiest of lives and the 
most enjoyable of all pleasures, but in the end he brings them into 
the bondage of sin. When dealing with eternal, Spiritual lives, the 
second best is not good enough. What would look so pleasant and 
even would appear to be Spiritual will turn out to be a failure. A lost 
soul is too high a price to pay for the second best. 

God has offered the best. He gave His own Son to overcome 
the lies and deceits of Satan. He emptied the treasury of Heaven to 
provide the best and only solution to the sin problem. There is no 
other solution to man's greatest need. The best part of this deal is 
that it is available without price. It can not be bought or earned. It 
can not be demanded, it can only be accepted. The virgin-born, 
crucified, risen Saviour, Jesus Christ, has provided the best, yet 
many still choose the second best. 

Many who choose the best often handle it in a second best 
manner. Many Christians choose a second best lifestyle. They 
understand the benefits offered to them through Jesus Christ, but 
they are not willing to secure the very best in their Spiritual lives. 
They ignore or limit their exposure to His Word. They find other 
activities to be involved in, when they could be involved in fellow- 



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ship, study, or service. They dedicate their efforts, finances, and 
planning to secular affairs rather than use their efforts in furthering 
the Kingdom of God. They are not available for the work of the 
church, only its pleasures. They are not concerned about their ex- 
ample in front of others. They do not want to give their best al- 
though the best has been provided for them. 

Choosing the second best may be alright when purchasing an 
item in the store. It may make good sense. When the second best 
is chosen in the Spiritual life, it never makes good sense. The best 
has been provided without cost or price. Living the Christian life in 
a second best manner does not make good sense. 

Which have you chosen? The good, the Better or the BEST? 

M.C.Cook 

1998 GENERAL CONFERENCE NOTES 

SATURDAY P.M. 

Bro. Phil Gish opened. II Chron. 2, James 4:6, I Peter 5:6. 

Bro. Kevin Funk. Numbers 11:1-6. Contentment. The children 
of Israel were never satisfied. God tried to satisfy them. God pro- 
vided their every need. Are we content? Be content in the Lord. 
Discontentment in our lives makes us so we are just lukewarm. 
Might we always have contentment in the Lord. God is always suf- 
ficient and unfailing. Psalms 7:8. Contentment is a choice we make. 
We never find contentment in lukewarmness. I Cor. 10:13. God 
helps us by leading us from temptation. David had true content- 
ment in the Lord. When we are content in the Lord we can hear 
Him speak to us. 

Bro. Kenneth Wilkerson. I Cor. 12:27-31. Keeping the Faith 
Are you keeping the faith? We must keep ourselves in the love of 
God. He will keep us from falling if we put our trust in Him. Keep 
ourselves in the love of God. We must have charity in our life. What 
is charity? Doing something for someone. Helping others. Are we 
keeping the faith in the Lord? Do we have charity in our heart 
Thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thv 
soul. 

Bro. Jeremiah Johnson closed. If you are content God is with 



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you. If you are discontent the Devil will deceive you. Are you keep- 
ing that faith in the Lord. Are you willing to humble yourself and 
pray. The power of prayer will help us. 
SATURDAY EVENING. 

Bro. Dale Jamison opened. Exodus 20:11-12. Honor one an- 
other. Let's be careful that we live true to God, so we can get the 
honor we should. 

Bro. Ray Stuber. Josh. 8:1 8-26. Stretching out the Spear. Carry 
out obedience to the Lord. Satan fries to bring confusion in the 
Church. There needs to be unity in the Church or we will be de- 
feated by Satan. Build each other up in the Holy Faith. Whom are 
we trusting? Its the Heavenly Father. The greatest sin is the lack of 
prayer. 

Satan imitates God. He has his false doctrine. Satan tries to 
devour us. He tries to stop our prayers. He tries to tempt us and 
lead us astray. Satan will bring disbelief to us. Put on the whole 
armour of God. Satan tries to get into our hearts. We must have 
the helmet of salvation. Sound doctrine will help us to follow Christ. 
Follow God's Holy Word so we will not blaspheme against Him. 

We need strong homes of the faith in God to help the Church. 
Love thy God with all thy heart. This is the foundation of the home. 
Teach our children diligently about our Heavenly Father. The en- 
emy of our soul, the Devil, tries to deceive us. 

Bro. Henry Walker closed. Put on the whole armour of God. Do 
not allow sin in your soul. There is victory for us if we will follow 
Christ. 

SUNDAY MORNING WORSHIP 

Bro. William Carpenter. Psalm 31. Do not be afraid. Stand firm 
for the Lord. 

SUNDAY A.M. 

Bro. Edward Johnson opened. II Chron. 7. What will it take to 
heal this land of ours? More prayer is what we need. If we believe 
in God we can have everlasting life. 

Bro. Ray Reed. Pride. Prov. 16:18. Jesus came to give us 
salvation. God so loved the world that He gave Hhis only begotten 
Son. We need Jesus to help us gain Eternal Life. God hates a 



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proud look. Prov. 8:14. Pride causes contention. Everything we 
have comes from God. Be willing to share. A proud heart is sin. 
We cannot be proud and be true to God. Give God the glory and 
not ourselves. There is a reward for us to serve God. We must bare 
one another's burdens. We must be concerned about others. Where 
is our heart of compassion? Lets reach out to the lost. Are we 
surrendering our lives to the will of the Lord. Look to God to direct 
us day by day. Be kind and affectionate one to the other. Be of the 
same mind one to the other. Pride goes before destruction. 

SUNDAY EVENING 

Bro. David Skiles opened. Gen. 46:16. Be careful. Avoid a 
Spiritual fallout. There is that possibility we could fall out. That 
means each of you. Spiritual fallout can be handed down through 
our family. 

Bro. Mark Cordrey Sermon for the young people. Phil. 1:1-6. 
With Jesus all things are possible. John 17. We can be faithful to 
the Lord. Why did Jesus pray out loud? He knew his future. He 
knew that he was going to leave this world. The Bible is written for 
you and it's written for me. Be faithful to the Lord. Desire the Lord 
to work with you. Examine your life for a minute. Being faithful is 
accomplished by knowing Christ Jesus. Live your life true to the 
Lord. Be confident with in God's Grace. God can help us with our 
problems. Take Him at His word. What are the issues in your life? 
We have access to ask the Lord for help if we have a problem to 
solve. Be confident in the Lord. If our heart is right our outside life 
will be right. Be inspired, be joyful in the Lord. With Jesus your 
future starts today. 

Bro. James Meyers closed. What will you do today? 

To be Continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

GOD'S GIFTS 

Spring has always been my favorite season, with flowers burst- 
ing into bloom and everything looking very much alive again. 

Just after a refreshing shower, I strolled out through to the rasp- 
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Everything seemed to be singing as everywhere I looked there was 
green grass, trees and flowers. 

My two little children came bounding across the grass to me 
and they were another reminder of God's gifts to me. How ener- 
getic, healthy and happy they appeared to be! 

As I was planting some new raspberry plants and saw those 
little buds, I thought, "What a miracle that a nice, big, black, juicy 
raspberry will come out of that." 

Looking down across the yard, the rows of blooming blueberry 
bushes were all white with blossoms. What a picture. 

Next we strolled to our fruit trees and observed the tiny little 
pears, apricots and apples. We have the hope of enjoying those 
juicy, tasty fruits in harvest time. 

The garden is becoming nice and green with the early veg- 
etables coming through the ground. The asparagus is shooting up 
through the earth and the hull pea rows are growing every day with 
the sunny and rainy days. Right next to them is the strawberry 
patch bursting with white blossoms and little tiny strawberries. What 
is better than strawberry shortcake on a hot summer day? 

As the children and I head to the barn we smell a wonderful 
aroma in the breeze and we pick some of those gorgeous clusters 
of lilacs for a bouquet on the table. How we like to enjoy the flowers 
that are in season! 

As we enter the barn our bottle lamb rubs her fuzzy black nose 
against us. We know she would like her bottle. Then she will be 
happy and content. 

At our feet is a cluster of five little soft kittens, tumbling and 

playing. My children pick them up and give them hugs and try to 

think of names to suit each one. After much playing, giggling and 

excitement, we continue our walk past the rock garden and view 

the crimson tulips bobbing their heads in the breeze. Adjacent to 

them is the yellow drooping basket of gold flowers and then lots of 

beautiful white and purple violets. 
■ 
The surroundings are peaceful and I feel blessed to live in 

America. I'm so thankful for these children and for having a faithful 

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But most of all, I feel blessed for my heritage and to serve an 
awesome God, who in His infinite wisdom gives His gifts to us un- 
sparingly. 

May we rejoice and thank God for His gifts today. 

Praising Him, 
Sister Lucy Siegrist 

THETEMPTATION IMTHE WILDERNESS 

Matthew 4:1-25 

After the high point of the baptism of Jesus with the manifesta- 
tion of God the Father and the Holy Spirit, Jesus was "led of the 
spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." Why was this 
necessary? It was necessary so that Jesus would be the perfect 
high priest. "For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched 
with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like 
as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). We can never accuse 
God of not knowing what we are going through. Jesus understands! 

In this account, Jesus underwent three temptations by the devil. 
Notice that He went into the temptations as a very hungry man! He 
had fasted for forty days before meeting up with the devil. That is a 
good example for us! 

The first temptation as given in Matthew's account was to do 
something about His hunger. The devil wanted Jesus to turn some 
stones into bread. Jesus answered him by using Old Testament 
Scripture. The reference about not living by bread alone came from 
Deuteronomy 8:3. No matter what our needs or our circumstances, 
we are to look to God to supply, and not to Satan. 

The second temptation was that Jesus would cast Himself down 
from the pinnacle of the temple, and put the angels to work. Notice 
that the devil can use Scripture. He was quoting from Psalms 91:11- 
12 here. But the devil used the Scripture out of context, and in a 
wrong application! In any case, it is always wrong to obey the devil, 
even if he is quoting Scripture! Jesus answered Satan with 
Deuteronomy 6:16, and refused to tempt God. While it sometimes 
seems that it would be a good witness to put on an amazing dem- 
onstration of God's power by some very visible exhibition, this is not 



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the way God generally works. 

In the third temptation, we catch a glimpse of the dominion or 
rule of Satan. Satan is "the prince of the power of the air" of this 
world (see Ephesians 2:2). He claimed to have the power to give 
all the kingdoms of the world to Jesus if only Jesus would have 
worshipped him. Some wonder if Satan even has that kind of power. 
Doesn't everything belong to Jesus, after all? But Satan won do- 
minion of the earth at the time of the fall of Adam and Eve. Jesus 
did not challenge Satan's claim on the kingdoms of the world, but 
rather, refused to obey Satan, and used Deuteronomy 6:13 as His 
answer. 

After the temptations, the devil left Jesus. The angels came 
and ministered to Him. This is a lesson to us about endurance. 

Summary Thought . . "Resist the devil, and he will flee from 
you" (James 4:7). 

Brother Bob Lehigh 

"DO YOU FEEL VALUABLE TO GOD?" 

We all love a bargain— getting something for nothing thrills us. 
We love flea markets and rummage sales and wish we had more 
time for them. Some pieces of furniture you bring home need to be 
refinished, but others are put into use without the benefit of any 
beautifying. 

"Do you feel valuable to God?" I am sure if this question were 
asked in your Sunday School class there would be silence after the 
question was read aloud. We would glance at one another to see 
who would have an answer. Who would be bold enough to claim 
they feel valuable to God? Some may respond, "Well, I do not know 
why, because I mess up so much, but since He died for me, I know 
He values me for some reason; "For God so loved the world that 
He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him 
should not perish but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) God paid a 
great price because He values us, but we are wrong to assume the 
reason for His love has anything to do with who we are, or what we 
do. 

Thinking about this, my mind turned to how we all like to hunt 



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for bargains at yard sates. This illustration took shape: The owner 
of a home closes the door, locking it behind him. The house sits in 
silence until the dining table speaks. "Well, he's gone again. I wish 
he were around a little more. I know he likes us all because he 
brought us all into his home, but some of us are more valuable than 
others. For instance, I am made of solid mahogany, that's not a 
veneer on my top, and not just any mahogany either, my kind was 
logged out of existence a hundred years ago. I'm a carefully pre- 
served antique, this is my original finish too; I've never been dipped 
in any of that stripping stuff. Yes, I am very valuable to our owner" 

The counter in the kitchen responded, "Well, I'm not made of 
fancy wood, but I know he values me, too. After all, I serve him well. 
He can't live without eating and I provide the surfaces he needs to 
prepare food every day He uses me at least twice a day and some 
days he's home at lunch, too. So, I know he needs me and values 
me every bit as much as he does you." 

From the living room the small voice of an end table spoke. "I 
can't look at myself and see any reason for him to value me. I'm 
made of cheap poplar, probably not even furniture grade. I was 
never a piece of fine furniture. I don't serve any great purpose, that 
I can tell either. He puts his newspaper on me when he finishes 
reading it. I'm kind of a pausing place for things he later picks up 
and throws away. What makes me know he values me is seeing 
what he has done for me. 

"I had been thrown away. My finish was scratched and two legs 
were loose. One fell off when he picked me up, but he took me 
anyway He brought me here, he cleaned me up, stripped off the 
old finish and sanded me until I was smooth. He glued my legs 
back on tight. I sat in clamps for hours, and then he gave me this 
new coat of varnish. He put me where he wanted me, and though 
my service is not as grand as the kitchen counter's, he did have use 
for me. One of my legs is warped and that makes me teeter a little, 
but he props it up with a little piece of wood. I know I'm valuable to 
him because he acts like I am. It doesn't seem to have anything to 
do with me at all." 

Does the value of the dining table have anything to do with its 
wood, or the kitchen counter with its service? Not really Their 



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value is realized only in the presence of the owner. If he were to 
never return, his home and all that's in it would mildew, rot and fall 
in on itself. 

It's the loving care of God, His presence in our lives that reveals 
to us our value to Him. This is how I know God values me, and my 
response to His work in my life must be to raise my voice and praise 
His goodness and mercy. (Ephesians 2:10). 

Remember — God loves you so much that He cannot take His 



eyes from you! 



CAREing and SHAREing, 
Brother Emmert Shelly 



THIS IS AFRICA! 

Rebekah Kenaston 

I'm thinking of a far-off place 

Across the ocean's waves 

Where dark-skinned natives cry and sigh, 

They've never heard that Jesus saves, 

This is Africa! 

I'm thinking of a starving land 

Where little children cry 

Where there's no food to ease their pain 

Where loved ones starve and fin'lly die, 

This is Africa! 

I'm thinking of a heathen place 

Where gods are wood and stone 

Where dear souls slave their lives away 

Yet for their sins they can't atone, 

This is Africa! 

I'm looking at a hurting face 
Whose eyes are filled with tears 



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With outstretched hands and pleading look 
With unknown tongue she shares her fears, 

This is Africa! 

I'm looking at an unloved child 

Who clasps my hand with joy 

Whose grateful eyes are thanks enough 

For any time f did employ 

This is Africa! 

I'm looking at a hopeless face 
Whose dear loved one has died 
Who has no peace, no future joy 

No comforter who will abide, 

This is Africa! 

I'm walking through a mud village 

The people are so poor 

There's filth, disease, and nakedness 

Of dreaded death there's more and more, 

This is Africa! 

I'm walking by the city church 

The choir gently sings 

No gospel's preached; the people leave 

Without the joy salvation brings, 

This is Africa! 

I'm walking down a jungle path 

To villages unknown 

To reap a harvest; golden grain 

From seed which God alone has sown, 

This is Africa! 



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We're praying for God's pow'r and grace 

To everywhere abound 

That each and every man may hear 

Salvation's blessed, joyful sound, 

In Africa! 

We're giving of ourselves and time 

For Christ has done the same 
We want to spread His kingdom far, 
We'll give our lives in Jesus name... 

For Africa! 

We're going to a heavenly land 

Where no-one ever dies 

Oh, let us take these souls along 

The poor, the bound, the lost who cries... 

The Africans! 
Selected by Sister Mary Stump 

VALUES 

When a Brinks truck overturned in Miami recently, spilling sev- 
eral hundred thousand dollars into the street, families in the neigh- 
borhood acted like vultures. Parents and children alike scooped up 
every dollar they could get their hands on and ran for cover. 

When the police asked them to return the money, which was 
not theirs and offered amnesty, one lone mother returned the money 
she had taken because she said she wanted to teach her children it 
was wrong to take what doesn't belong to you. 

The message which all other parents sent to their children was: 
It's all right to steal if you can do it without getting caught. No one 
who took part in the looting needs to talk to his child about honesty. 

Deut. 6:6-7, " And these words, which I command thee this day, 
shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy 
children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, 



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and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou Nest down, and 
when thou riseth up." 

Our children are the next link to affirm or abandon the value of 
God's principles. As parents we establish the boundaries for hu- 
man behavior and must pass them down to the next generation. 

God through His word has given us principles or fundamental 
truth that we might live by These principles we could relate to good 
nutrition which we know contributes to good spiritual health. God 
has given each one of us the freedom to make choices in life and 
thus we place value on things, ideas and principles. We can relate 
these choices to taste; which sometimes influences us to partake 
of things that do not contribute to good spiritual health. Psalms 
34:8, "O taste and see that the Lord is good:..." Psalms 119:103, 
"How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey 
to my mouth!" 

The values a person holds will affect every thing he does. They 
determine what he will say "yes" to and what he will say "no" to. 
Whether an individual will lie, cheat, steal, or commit adultery is not 
determined by whether or not he thinks he will be caught so much 
as by the values which he holds. 

Step by step, children are molded by parents into the kind of 
citizens, students, husbands, wives, mothers, and fathers they are 
going to be. When God is abandoned and Christian values are 
thrown out the window, they are replaced with a philosophy of indi- 
vidualism and self indulgence. The center of society breaks apart 
and boundaries come crashing down. Then human behavior ceases 
to be guided by what is right; but instead by what is pleasurable or 
expedient. 

What kind of taste (value) are we giving our children. Will they 
be able to say that they have tasted and the Lord is good? 

Brother Don Hostetler 

ABASED, YET ABOUNDING 

Philippians 4:1 2-1 3, "I know both how to be abased, and I know 
how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to 
be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can 



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do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." 

In these trying times there is still peace with God. When we 
think about the saints and their gatherings on the Lord's Day, we 
are grateful for the very few that do attend. The Word of God contin- 
ues to go forth, even though we would love it if there were more to 
listen. Often others tell us of the many that gather weekly "at their 
church." We indeed are envious of their numbers, but not of their 
message. The truth of God's Word is worth the sacrifice of num- 
bers. 

Many have written recently concerning the loss of members. 
Have we examined ourselves? Are we holding true to God's Holy 
Word? Are we holding fast to the things we promised God at the 
beginning of our walk with Him? There are many who are "progres- 
sive". This often means "progressing" away from the foundation of 
scripture, and "progressing" away from Jesus Christ, the chief cor- 
nerstone. Many think we can add to our rolls by cutting corners on 
the commandments of the Lord. 

We see "churches" so large that they have to have two services 
on a Sunday morning, yet what, if anything, do they believe? I have 
only been a Christian twenty-five years, but I have seen thriving 
groups of hundreds shrink to very few. 

The Scriptures tell us to stand fast . We cannot be reeds shaken 
by the wind. Over the centuries there have been many who have 
taken their stand, and died for it, only to see their organization give 
up many Biblical practices. 

I once belonged to a group that now accepts any mode of bap- 
tism, so long as it is "believer's baptism." There have been many 
steadfast Brethren who have upheld the old ways. They lived them. 
They taught and preached them. That group, like many, owes the 
old Brethren an apology for leaving the old paths. 

Do not be afraid to hold fast, and do not be intimidated by those 
who would offer you their membership if you only "relax your stand" 
on a given issue. We need not bow the knee to Baal. Paul knew life 
on both sides of the fence and he knew that Christ was all in all. He 
went to Rome knowing full well what would happen to him. 

How many of us have put ourselves in harm's way for the de- 



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fense of the Gospel? If we work at a job and tell others about Christ 
and are told to stop, what do we do? Most of us would probably 
stop. Yet the early brethren in the Book of Acts did not stop. The 
disciples and those in the Reformation times did not stop, and often 
they became martyrs for the cause of Christ. 

Have we suffered for our faith? Many would say, "We should 
not have to suffer." Yet, most people, when cornered, will admit they 
have backed down instead of witnessing for their Lord. Can we 
truly say, as Paul did, "I can do all things through Christ which 
strengtheneth me?" 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Rd. 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

THINGSTHAT WOULD NOT COMPLETELY BURN 

"Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the fore- 
skins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: 
lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, 
because of the evil of your doings." Jeremiah 4:4. 

The Bible records several things that would not completely burn. 
Each of these is a spiritual lesson for us. We would like to look at 
some of these and attempt to see how they relate to the God we 
serve. 

Our opening verse speaks of a God of Judgment. We will have 
more to say on this subject at the end of this study. There are other 
aspects of God that are seen through the illustration of fire. 

Our first thought is found in Genesis 1:16. "And God made two 
great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to 
rule the night: he made stars also." Although neither the word "sun" 
nor "fire" can be found in this verse, we know that "the greater light" 
refers to the sun. The sun is a burning ball of fire. While scientists 
tell us that the sun will eventually burn out we believe this is mere 
speculation on their part without any solid proof. The sun will only 
cease to burn when God commands it to do so! This portion of 
Scripture introduces us to "Elohim " While all of the Bible names for 
God can be attributed to the three persons of the Holy Trinity (Three 



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yet One) the name Elohim is unique in that it is a uni-plural noun, 
both singular and plural, and suggests the Trinity of the Godhead. 
This is the name for the Creator God which humanistic evolution 
denies and theistic evolution refuses to give proper respect. 

In Exodus 3:2 we find a familiar account to faithful Bible read- 
ers. "And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him (Moses) in a 
flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold 
the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed." This 
reminds us of "El Olam" the Bible name for The Everlasting God. 
When men try to explain God they come to an impossible (humanly 
speaking) conclusion. God is from everlasting to everlasting. He 
had no beginning and He will have no end. This sets Him above 
and beyond any human application. Yet mortal man would attempt 
to bring Him down to human understanding. The prestige and power 
we should be willing to acknowledge to His supremacy are lost 
along with the worship and reverence due to Him. 

In Exodus 19:17-18 we find these words. "And Moses brought 
forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood 
at the nether part of the mount. And mount Sinai was altogether on 
a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the 
smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole 
mount quaked greatly." Directly following this event God gave Israel 
the Ten Commandments. This account reminds us of "El Elyon" - 
The Most High God. This name speaks of God's Heavenly Author- 
ity. For many individuals, "authority" has become an unacceptable 
word. While human government is far from perfect, the Bible tells 
us that, as Christians, we are to be subject to our leaders and the 
laws of the land that are not contrary to the explicit will of God. 
There is an attempt in some "Christian" circles to make God an 
accomplice to anarchism. Perhaps even worse, there is a complete 
disregard for the commandments of God in many legal decisions. 
Far above this terrible situation is the fact that a large portion of the 
Church no longer looks to the Word of God for its direction! 

Daniel 3:25 tells us, "He answered and said, Lo, I see four men 
loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and 
the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." This, of course, is the 
familiar account of the three Hebrew children who were cast into 
the fiery furnace because they refused to compromise. Not only 



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were they not completely burned but the Bible tells us that "the fire 
had no power, nor was a hair on their head singed, neither were 
their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them " Do 
you really believe this? Praise the Lord! WE DO. This account 
reminds us of the name "El Roi" - The God Who Sees or the God 
who watches over. We know that not all of the Saints were given 
the experience of the three Hebrew children and many were burned 
alive for their faith and unwillingness to compromise. We believe 
God was with them in the midst of the fire. We can also be assured 
that when fiery trials come our way "El Roi" will be with us and 
sustain us. 

In Revelation 20:15 we have the saddest verse in the Bible. 
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast 
into the lake of fire." This is the final judgment of God. The sobering 
finale of our opening verse. The names of God corresponding with 
this event are Jehovah Nakeh -The Lord Who Smites and Jehovah 
El Gemul - The LORD God of Recompense. Some will have al- 
ready suffered the judgment of God in Hell mentioned in the previ- 
ous verse. The bodies will not be consumed but will suffer the tor- 
ture of fire throughout all eternity. Many today deny this awful truth. 
They try to persuade people that a loving God would not torture 
individuals forever and forever. They fail to realize that God is per- 
fect love and also perfect judgment. 

We would like to close with one last name reserved for God, 
"Jehovah Tsidkenu" - The Lord Our Righteousness, My friend, if 
you have not accepted the finished work of Jesus Christ on Calvary's 
cross, allowed His precious blood to cleanse you from all sin, as 
symbolized in triune immersion baptism, be obedient to the call of 
the Holy Spirit when He convicts you of sin. 

My Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, let us remember who it is 
that we serve. Let His fire of cleansing be a daily part of our love as 
we make Him our righteousness. Let us soberly remind ourselves 
that our name can be blotted out of the book of life and we will then 
receive judgment in place of the safety and love of God. 

Brother James M. Hite 
81 6 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 



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LET US SEARCH THE BIBLE 

Let us search the Bible, the Living Word of God. It was dictated 
by Him and written by His servants. It is true. God is truth. It is a 
record of God and man ever since the Garden of Eden. Man has 
tried to destroy it, but it did not perish. It has been given for the 
direction of mankind to live by through the millenniums. Although 
many writers had a part in its writing over hundreds of years, it does 
not contradict itself. It teaches God's direction and harmonizes all 
the way through the years. It never gets old and out of date. Finally, 
it will be our judge at the last day, which is fast approaching. 

I have been pressed to write this article for some time. It is very 
necessary to quit playing church, get on our knees and ask God for 
guidance with a pure mind and heart. We must have a desire to live 
closer to the throne of God without rebellion towards anything He 
shows us. As the parable of the sower shows the best crop came 
from the fertile soil, so it is with a receptive heart. Read the BIBLE, 
not books by other writers who try to explain away parts of the 
Bible. The Bible, not a particular church doctrine, will be our judge 
at the judgment day. Our Bible study should be accompanied by 
much daily prayer and seeking for God's will in our lives. We should 
also be singing hymns and witnessing to others. Eph. 5:19. Forget 
the television, the movies, the VCR, amusements of many variet- 
ies, and worldly, satanically-led money seekers, and proud friends. 
Hell is being enlarged for those people. Isa. 5:14. 

There are various ways to study the Bible. Some read to say 
they read it through in a certain length of time. Others read a por- 
tion to prove a point without following up with the references to simi- 
lar scriptures that more fully explain the subject. Many read in a 
hurry in order to do something else. Satan's helpers can find many 
interruptions when we try to apply our minds to Bible study: the 
telephone rings, the doorbell rings, you suddenly think of some- 
thing you think must be done right now, or many other interferences. 
I really believe that this is caused by Satan's helpers to interfere 
with our Bible Study. Satan has the know-how to interfere and de- 
tract our thoughts. 

As far as I have noticed every word in the original scripture was 
put there for a purpose. The italic words in the King James Version 



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were added by the translators who thought the meaning was more 
clear, and in some scriptures do seem more plain in our English 
language, but in some places it does seem more clear without the 
addition. We have to be careful not to add or subtract words or 
parts of God's holy writing. Read Rev. 22. We need to choose the 
old versions of the Bible. We need a Strong's Concordance, a good 
Bible dictionary and an old Webster's dictionary if possible. We 
should choose the quiet time of our day, every day, when our minds 
are clear with the least interference, and the Holy Spirit has an 
opportunity to speak to and direct through His Word. Read very 
slowly and thoughtfully, even read the same portion of scripture 
several times to grasp the meaning, run down the references through 
the Bible and get the whole meaning as much as possible. The 
Lord will give us light as we seek from time to time. That is what 
makes it the living Word of God. No other book is comparable to it. 
It is not important how far we read at a setting, but how much we 
absorb and are eager to apply to our lives that counts. Many people 
for many years have overlooked and just read over certain things 
mentioned in the Bible. For instance the traditions of men that have 
been handed down to us from our fathers generations back, we do 
not question. The Pharisees had many traditions that were not 
God's Word. So, men in our century are also keeping traditions of 
our fathers. Some traditions are Biblical and good. It is up to us to 
study the scriptures and discern what is Biblical and that which is 
wrong. Then we are to do God's will and keep His commandments. 
Old wives' fables is another testing for us. Here a Bible dictionary 
and a Topical Bible are helpful. Here are a number of references to 
look up in connection with this study. I Timothy 1 :6, II Timothy 4:1 - 
8, Titus 1:14-16, Matthew 15:7-9. 

I have only mentioned a few things from the Scriptures to bring 
out my point that thorough study is revealing to our minds and hope- 
fully to our lives. However the most needful of all is the fallow ground 
broken up of our hearts which is the most important. Then the Holy 
Spirit can and will speak to us and lead us along through this wicked 
world to an unimaginably beautiful home in Heaven. Hopefully we 
will have beautiful stars in our crowns resembling the one time lost 
souls that we have helped and led from a sinful life to a glorious 
redemption through Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. There 



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we will be able to sing the redemption song of the ages past and 
future eternally forever with the Bridegroom Redeemer and King. 

The reader may not know this writer personally My greatest 
ambition is to get people to think about their soul's destination, and 
to examine their desires of this life. I wish to turn them over to the 
Redeemer and get their souls washed white. If I have stars in my 
crown that will mean a lot to me, but much, much more will your 
presence in Heaven mean to me. Pray for me. The road has been 
rocky and steep many times in life, but the Lord has not forsaken 
me in illness and disappointments. He has always been close by, 
even though like David, Job and Jonah, I did not always realize 
during the time of trial, but like the poem "Footprints" these were 
the times when He was carrying me. Praise His Holy Name! 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

INCIDENT IN AN ELEVATOR 

Kenneth C. Beaton 
She got in the elevator 
At the fifteenth floor 
Of the Big hotel, 
And the eight of us 
Who were already in 
Shuffled back a little 
To make more room; 
And she was pretty 
And dressed in black 
That seemed to add 
To a touch of grief 
That lay in her eyes; 
And along with her 
In a little blue coat 
And a cute little face 
Came a bit of a girl 



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Of perhaps four years; 
And we shuffled again 
And made more room, 
Because little girls 
Who are not very tall 
And who can't reach up 
Where there's lots of air 
Must have more room 
Than a grown up. 
And so we stood 
While the door clanged shut 
And we started down, 
And just as we did 
There came an "Oh!" 
In a frightened tone 
From the little girl 
As she hid her face 
In her mother's skirt. 
And mother reached down 
And picked her up 
And said to her, 
"You mustn't be frightened- 
Just open your eyes 
And look up at the light." 
And so she did; 
And all the way down 
She kept her eyes 
On the bowl-like light. 
And reaching the lobby 
We all of us stood 
With hats in hand 



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While mother and child 
Went on their way, 
And I don't know 
But I imagine 
That most of us 
Remembered the words 
"You mustn't be frightened — 
Just open your eyes and 
Look up at the light." 

Selected by Sister Mildred Skiles 

OUR SATURDAY NIGHT 

J. H. Moore 

At the wedding in Cana of Galilee the best wine came last. This 
was because Jesus made it. But with Jesus it was the best all the 
while. He never preached a poor sermon. He made no mistake in 
any of the miracles he performed. One was just as well done as the 
other. When he made bread and fish for the five thousand the people 
had not a word of complaint about the food he furnished them. They 
never ate better bread and probably never tasted better fish. Then, 
too, his life was the highest type. His conversation was not only 
holy, but it was highly instructive. As a teacher there was no one his 
equal in all the world. And so it was with the religion he taught. It 
was the best then, and is the best yet. 

OBITUARIES 

HILDA E. SINES 

Sis. Hilda E. Sines, 96, of Frostburg Village Nursing Home, for- 
merly of Savage River Road, Swanton, went to be with the Lord on 
Wednesday, November 19, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital, 
Cumberland, Maryland. 

Born September 13, 1901, in Bond, Maryland, she was the 
daughter of the late Jonas and Edith Broadwater, She also was 
preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Sines, in 1 989; one brother 



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and one sister. Sis. Sines was a homemaker and a member of the 
Dunkard Brethren Church, Broadwater Chapel, Savage River Road. 
Surviving are two sons, Donald Sines and wife Dorothy, 
Rawlings, Maryland and Ronald Sines and wife Lavona, Frostburg, 
Maryland; four daughters, Hazel Goff and husband Wayne, Keyser, 
West Virginia, Hollis Wilt and husband Ellis, Savage River Road, 
Maryland, Freda Labbe and husband Rene, Rawlings, Maryland 
and Alma Kroll and husband Eldred, Barton, Maryland; three sis- 
ters, Mamie Broadwater, Frostburg Village Nursing Home, Sadie 
Wilt, Mountain Lake Park and Lavada Bittinger, Rawlings, Mary- 
land; one brother, Atva Broadwater, Savage River Road, Maryland; 
eighteen grandchildren and thirty-six great-grandchildren. 
Friends were received at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport, 
Maryland. Services were held at the funeral home on Monday, 
November 24,1997, at 11:00 A.M. with Bro. Gene Kauffman and 
the Rev. Homer Beeman officiating. 

Interment was in Rest Lawn Memorial Garden, LaVale, Mary- 
land. 

The family wants to thank all who kept us in their prayers, also 
for the food, cards, telephone calls and flowers we received. May 
God Bless each one. 

The Sines Family 

GEORGE T. LONGENECKER 

George Thomas Longenecker, 56 of 77 Dry Hollow Road, 
Bernville, Pennsylvania died at 6:1 A.M. onThursday, July 2, 1 998, 
in his home of natural causes. 

Born August 11, 1941, in Bernville, Pennsylvania, he was the 
son of Fern (Meade) Longenecker and the late George H. 
Longenecker. 

Since 1 987, he had been a minister in the Conservative Baptist 
Brethren Church, Frystown, Pennsylvania. He served as a Deacon 
from 1 965 to 1 987 and was head Elder for the past four years. He 
also served as President of the George H. Longenecker & Sons 
Construction of Bernville, Pennsylvania, last working June 3. 

He is survived by his wife, Darlene (Klepinger) Longenecker, 



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two sons; Kevin E., husband of Mary (Hernley), Brent A., husband 
of Denise (Noecker), both of Bethel, Pennsylvania, two daughters; 
Karen L, wife of Jay Gingrich, Brenda S., wife of David 
Weidenhammer both of Bernville, Pennsylvania, and seven grand- 
children. 

Other survivors include three brothers; Jerre L and Thomas G., 
both of Bernville, Pennsylvania and Dale E. of Bethel, Pennsylva- 
nia. Six sisters; Rhoda A., wife of David Kegerreis, Bethel, Penn- 
sylvania, RitaY, wife of Ray Garber, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, 
Wanda A., wife of the late Robert Hearn, Donna M., wife of Galen 
Stauffer, Cinda S., wife of Raymond Burkholder, and Debra F. wife 
of Glen Burkholder, all of Bernville, Pennsylvania. 

Services were held in the Conservative Baptist Brethren Church, 
Frystown, Pennsylvania on Monday, July 6, at 10:00 A.M. with inter- 
ment at the adjoining Frystown Cemetery. Bro. Tim Alspaugh was 
in charge of the opening, followed by a sermon with Bro. Keith 
Snyder, taking the text from Psalm 121, one of George's favorite 
passages of scripture. Bro. Dan Alspaugh had the graveside ser- 
vices. Bro. Larry Andrews led the songs that George had chosen: 
"What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "Asleep in Jesus," and "Safe in 
The Arms of Jesus." 

He truly will be missed by his family, co-workers, brethren and 
sisters, and a host of friends. We want to send our sincerest thanks 
to all who have sent get well cards, sympathy cards, letters and 
words of encouragement and most of all the prayers that were of- 
fered in his and our behalf in the past ten months. We have appre- 
ciated one and all and may the Lord richly bless each and everyone 
as we continue to strive for that heavenly kingdom above. 

This paper was found on George's desk after he had passed 
away - we would like to share it with you - maybe it will help to 
encourage others. 

WHAT CANCER CANNOT DO 
Cancer is so limited- 
It cannot cripple love 
It cannot shatter hope 
It cannot corrode faith 



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It cannot destroy peace 

It cannot kill friendship 

It cannot suppress memories 

It cannot silence courage 

It cannot invade the soul 

It cannot steal eternal life 

It cannot conquer the spirit. 

(George had added - Having cancer is not nice, but having can- 
cer without God is terrible - God is greater than cancer.) 

In Christian Love, 
Darlene Longenecker, 

Karen, Kevin, Brenda and Brent 

and families 

MARRIAGES 

KEENEY-AUNGST 

Kevin Lamar Keeney, son of Michael and Darlene (Noecker) 
Keeney and Sis. Dana Gail Aungst, daughter of Bro. Dale and Sis. 
Anita (Wolfe) Aungst were united in marriage, May 23, 1 998 at Little 
Swatara Brethren Church. They are residing at 9156 Old 22, Bethel, 
PA 19507 

WOLFE-NEWSWANGER 

Bro. Clint Lamar Wolfe, son of Bro. Lamar and Sis. Jacqueline 
(Slish) Wolfe and Sis. Ann Louise Newswanger, daughter of Glenn 
and Elaine (Horst) Newswanger were united in marriage Decem- 
ber 6, 1997 at Schuykill Church of the Brethren. They are residing 
at Box 180, Old Mountain Road, Bethel, PA 19507 

MEETING NOTICES 

August 9-16 - Revival Meeting, Plevna, Indiana 
August 9-16 - Revival Meeting, Dallas Center, Iowa 
August 15-23 - Revival Meeting, Swallow Falls, Maryland 
August 30-September 6 - Revival Meeting, Shrewsbury, Penn. 






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September 6 - Harvest Meeting, Pleasant Ridge, Ohio 

September 6-1 3 - Revival Meeting, Grandview, Missouri 

September 13 - Harvest Meeting, Englewood, Ohio 

September 13-20 - Revival Meeting, Bethel, Pennsylvania 

September 18-27 - Revival Meeting, West Fulton, Ohio 

September 20-27 - Revival Meeting, Quinter, Kansas 

September 20-27 - Revival Meeting, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 

September 27-October 4- Revival Meeting, Walnut Grove, Maryland 

September 27 - Harvest Meeting, West Fulton, Ohio 

October 4-1 1 - Revival Meeting, Pleasant Home, California 

October 9-18 - Revival Meeting, Lititz, Pennsylvania 

October 14-18 - Revival Meeting, Dayton, Virginia 

LOVEFEAST NOTICES 

August 15 - Plevna, Indiana 

August 15 - Dallas Center, Iowa 

August 22 - Swallow Falls, Maryland 

September 12 - Grandview, Missouri 

September 13 - Mohler Congregation, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 

September 26 - Quinter, Kansas 

October 4 - Walnut Grove, Maryland 

October 17 - Dayton, Virginia 

October 24 - Englewood, Ohio 

October 25 - Bethel, Pennsylvania 

NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CORRECTION 

The correct telephone number for Elder Paul Byfield is 515- 
993-2175. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation is planning to have a Har- 
vest Meeting on Sunday September 6. Come and worship with us. 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor. 



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GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

Lord willing, the Grandview, Missouri Congregation will hold 
Revival Meetings with Bro. Mark Cordrey from the Pleasant Home 
Congregation from September 6 through September 13, 1998. 

A Lovefeast service will be Saturday, September 1 2 at 6:00 RM. 

All are welcome to come and worship with us during any of 
these services! 

Sister Deena Andrews, Cor. 

MOHLER CONGREGATION 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

We, the Brethren and Sisters that meet at Mohler's wish to an- 
nounce Lovefeast for September 13, 1998. All are welcome to at- 
tend this most anticipated meeting. 

Sister Ruth N. Miller, Cor. 
ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Our Harvest Meeting date at Englewood is September 13. 
Brother Terry Gunderman will be our speaker. Our invitation goes 
out to all to help make this a joyful time unto the Lord. 

We want to remind every one of our Communion Service. If the 
Lord permits, our meeting will begin at 11:00 A.M., 2:00 P.M. for 
afternoon and Lovefeast at 7:00 RM. on October 24. We extend a 
hearty invitation to all to spend Saturday and Sunday with us. May 
we count it a great blessing that we still have freedom to worship 
the Lord. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 
BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

God willing, Robert Carpenter of Plevna, Indiana plans to hold 
our Revival, September 1 3 through 20. Come and enjoy these ser- 
vices with us. 

Sandy and Darlene Noll were taken in on former baptism. Ray 
Stuber had our spirit filled revival in the spring and as a result Jor- 
dan Bross and Adrian Beck were baptized. Pray for these precious 
souls that they remain faithful and we all work for an increase in 
holy living. 



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Sister Fern Wolf, Cor. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing the Waynesboro Congregation is looking for- 
ward to Revival Meetings, September 20 through 27. Bro. Dennis 
St. John of Bryan, Ohio will be our evangelist. Remember these 
services in prayer, that each may be drawn closer to the Lord and 
lost souls will be saved before it's eternally too late. Everyone is 
welcome to come worship with us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 

THANKYOU 

We would like to thank our Brethren and Sisters over the Broth- 
erhood for cards, prayers and Best Wishes for us on our Fiftieth 
Wedding Anniversary. May God bless and keep you in His love and 
care. We find it is a good time to count our blessings. 

Brother Roy and Sister Ada Meyers 

THANKYOU 

With sincere appreciation, I want to thank each one for the many 
many beautiful cards, enclosures, flowers, meals and gifts that I 
received for my seventieth birthday of July 12. Special love to the 
"Little Bird that spread the word." 

It was a joy the way cards kept coming after the date. It is truly 
a joy to know you; to love and be loved by all of you - "The Family of 
God." 

Blessings and Peace by yours! 

In Christ, 

Sister Clara M.Walter 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 1998 

September 6 - How Long Are Ye Slack - Joshua 1 8:1 -28(Homestudy 
Josh. 19) 

1 . Why was Shiloh the place chosen for the tabernacle? 

2. Why did Joshua use three men out of each tribe to divide 
the remaining land into seven parts? 



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September 1 3 - Cities Of Refuge - Joshua 20: 1 -9 (Homestudy Josh, 
21) 

1 . What was the purpose of the cities of refuge? 

2. Who was "The Avenger of Blood"? 
September 20 - Love The Lord Your God - Joshua 22:1-6. 

1 . Why were these two and a half tribes away from their 
homes (tents)? 

2. What is meant by "God hath given rest unto your breth- 
ren"? 

September 27- Joyfulness - Ps. 5:11-12, 126:5, Luke 6:22-23. 

1 . Who should be joyful? 

2. Why should we be joyful when we are mistreated for fol- 
lowing Jesus? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
SEPTEMBER 1998 

Sept. 6 - Our Speech - Pro. 17:27-28, Matt. 5:33-37, Col. 4:6, Titus 
2:7-8 

1 . Why does a person of knowledge spare his words? 

2. Why should we not swear? 

Sept. 13 - Doubts - Matt. 14:23-36, John 20:24-31 , Acts 12:11-16. 

1 . Explain how doubt is the opposite of faith. 

2. Why would not the disciples believe Peter was knocking 
at the door? 

Sept. 20 - Courage - I Cor. 16:13-14, Phil 4:11-14, I Tim. 4:12, II 
Tim. 2:1-15. 

1 . Explain the relationship between courage and strength. 

2. To what extent is courage a requirement for being an ex- 
ample? 

Sept. 27 - Conscience - Rom. 13:1-5, Heb.9:14-15, Acts 24:14-16, 
I Pet. 2:19-25, Jos. 1:9. 

1 . Why must we purge our conscience? 

2. How can we have "A conscience void of offense toward 
God and toward men"? 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
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Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C.Ness 

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York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

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BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Ronald Marks, Secretary 
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Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
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Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold.OH 43502 

Mariin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
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Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
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Paul Nell 

Woodland Drive 

R6 Box 61 19 

Spring Grove.PA 17403-9489 

(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Mariin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim,PA 17545 

Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas CenterJA 50063 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar.MO 64078 

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VOL. LXXVI 



SEPTEMBER 1998 



NO. 9 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LET US SEARCH OUR WAYS 

Come, let us search our ways and see, 
Have they been just and right? 
In the great rule of equity 
Our practice and delight? 

What we would have our neighbor do, 
Have we still done the same, 
From others ne'er withheld the due 
Which we from others claim? 

Do we, in all we sell or buy, 
Integrity maintain? 
And knowing God is always nigh, 
Renounce unrighteous gain? 



Then may we raise our modest prayer 
To God, the just and kind; 
May humbly cast on him our care, 
And hope his grace to find. 

-Isaac Watts 



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RETURNING TO GiLGAL 

Between the crossing of the Red Sea and the crossing of the 
River Jordan, the children of Israel had traveled many miles, many 
of them unnecessary The first generation of leaders had passed 
from the scene. Only Joshua and Caleb were left of the adults who 
had left Egypt. It was God's miracle that they had crossed both the 
Red Sea and the Jordan dryshod. God could deliver His people 
from out of the bondage of Egypt and He could bring them into the 
Promised Land. 

During their journey they had been instructed by God through 
Moses and Aaron. They had been given the Law at Sinai. They 
had begun their system of sacrifices. They had built the tabernacle. 
They had been given many lessons during their forty year journey 

They had conquered the area east of the Jordan, which would 
become a part of the inheritance of some of the tribes. After the 
death of Moses, they were led by Joshua into the Promised Land. 

The waters of the Jordan, though in floodstage, parted to give 
them a dry pathway into Canaan. After they had passed through 
the river, they made camp at Gilgal. Gilgal would be their camp 
while they conquered Canaan. As the army conquered the land, 
the people stayed at Gilgal. Between battles, they all were at Gilgal. 

Their first act upon settling at Gilgal had been the circumcision 
of males born along the way Those who had not been circumcised 
before now received that rite. After all had been properly initiated, 



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they held a Passover service. This memorialized their escape from 
Egypt, when all the first born were slain, except for those behind 
doors whose lintels and posts had been smeared with the Lamb's 
blood. The blood was the salvation of those who would apply it. 

Joshua led his army to fight the heathen at various places 
throughout the land of Canaan. After each battle he would return to 
Gilgal. It was not only returning to their families, but also to the 
foundational truths of God's direction for them. It brought them back 
to the place of their circumcision and first Passover. It reminded 
them of their circumcision that pictured the putting away of the un- 
needed flesh. It was a cutting away that was to make them depen- 
dant upon God. They were symbolically cutting away the carnality 
of their past lives and identifying themselves with God. The Pass- 
over not only looked back to their deliverance from Egypt but also 
forward to the shed blood of the coming Messiah. He would be the 
sacrificial lamb whose blood would be spread upon men's door- 
posts throughout history 

There needs to be a Gilgal in our Christian life. There needs to 
be a definite time and place that we can look back to when we 
identified with our Saviour. We need to have a Gilgal not just some 
hazy surmising of a change in our Spiritual lives. We need to look 
back to that time when we made a definite commitment to believe 
and follow the Lord. 

Today there is a lack of commitment in all areas of peoples' 
lives. Our Gilgal should make us different from the world that floats 
along toward eternity without any definite course being chosen or 
followed. There is a definite plan that God has established that we 
might make and exhibit that commitment. Just as circumcision was 
a definite, unreversible act, so the Christian can look back to his 
baptism as a definite act that marks his initiation into the family of 
God. Adult, believer's baptism is not typically repeated, so it stands 
as a definite landmark of commitment. 

The Passover as a time of remembrance and prophecy was 
repeated from time to time. This allowed a time for rededication to 
the commitments that had been made in the past. As they remem- 
bered the details of their deliverance from Egypt they could renew 
their dedication to the God who had delivered them. The Christian 
sitting at the Lovefeast table is reminded of the price paid for his 



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salvation and urged to look forward to the Marriage Feast of the 
Lamb. This should bring about a sense of rededication in his ser- 
vice of God. 

Christians like the Children of Israel need to return periodically 
to Gilgal. Christians need to be reminded of the basis of their spiri- 
tual, eternal lives. Christians need to remember Jesus Christ, and 
Him crucified, buried and risen again. 

They need to have a definite time to look back to as their indi- 
vidual time of commitment. Although that commitment hopefully 
will deepen and broaden, there needs to be a starting place to look 
back and see. 

Is there a Gilgal in your life? Is there a definite place of decision 
and commitment? Is there a periodic renewal of those commit- 
ments? 

M.C.Cook 



THE PRAYERS OFTHE APOSTLE PAUL 

We think of the trials, persecutions, and other things that he 
suffered, yet he continued to labor for the cause of Christ. We think 
of these things that made the Apostle Paul, the great apostle that 
he was. Indeed he was a great man, in the eyes of God and of the 
church. 

But I have been thinking of the prayer life of the apostle and of 
the examples that he gave for us to follow. 

No doubt he had prayed before, but the first prayer he made in 
the beginning of a new life for Christ was, "...who art thou Lord?" 
and the second, was, "What will you have me to do?" Acts 9:5-6. 
After three days without sight, the Lord said of him, for behold he 
prayeth. Verse 1 1 . 

At Antioch the church fasted and prayed for Paul, before send- 
ing Barnabas and Paul on their first missionary journey. When Paul 
and Silas came to Phillipi they went to place where prayer was 
wont to be made. Acts 16:13. After they had been beaten and cast 
into prison, they prayed and sang praises unto God and the prison- 
ers heard them. Verse 25. 

With the Ephesian brethren he kneeled down and prayed with 



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them all. Acts 20:36. (Both public and private prayers were a part 
of his life.) 

He prayed for his own people. Although much of the persecu- 
tion which he endured came from them, he said, "Brethren, my 
heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be 
saved." Rom. 10:1. 

In each of epistles he reminded them that he prayed for them 
regularly, and gave thanks for them. See the beginnings and the 
endings of each of his epistles. 

He exhorted all to pray always and to give thanks in all things. I 
Thess. 5:17-18. 

He desired the prayers of the saints on his behalf. "Finally, breth- 
ren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and 
be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered 
from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith." II 
Thess. 3:1-2. 

"Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, 
and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your 
prayers to God for me; That I may be delivered from them that do 
not believe in Judea; and that my service, which I have for Jerusa- 
lem may be accepted of the saints; That I may come unto you with 
joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. Now the God 
of peace be with you all." Rom. 15:30-33. 

"But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through 
your prayers I shall be given unto you." Philemon 22. 

"Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things 
willing to live honestly. But I beseech you the rather to do this, that 
I may be restored to you the sooner. Now the God of peace, that 
brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of 
the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, Make you 
perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which 
is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory 
for ever and ever. Amen." Heb. 13:18-21 . 

Our mountains can be molehills, 

If we take time each day 

To go to our dear Father God, 



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Who hears us as we pray! 

It need not be a church pew, 
But silence of one's room, 
Where we can go to God in prayer, 
But not time be too soon! 

So rather than our heartaches, 
Which can be great indeed, 
We need to count our blessings all, 
Tis then our prayers succeed! 

For God can lift our burdens, 
As tho' they feathers be, 
If we but give our cares to him, 
Whose eye the sparrow sees! 

So let us seek our Father, 
On each and every day, 
Who hears petitions one and all, 
No matter when we pray! 

-Sancie Earman King 
As was the prayer of the Apostle that grace and peace be unto 
you, so is the prayer of your unworthy servant. To God be all glory 
and praise, for he is worthy. God bless you all. 

Brother William Carpenter 

1998 GENERAL CONFERENCE NOTES 

MONDAY MORNING WORSHIP 

Elder Harley Flory. James 1:26-27. There is a difference in 
pure religion. We are God's creation. Visiting is doing and going 
forth. Many people do not know the Heavenly Father. 



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MONDAY A.M. 

Bro. Dave Snyder opened. Matt. 5:21-24, I Pet. 3. Daily prayer 
is very important with our Heavenly Father. 

Bible Study - 1 Cor. 13. Charity-the Excellent Way. 

. Bro. Phil Gish. John 17:13-17. Jesus died by the hand of evil 
men. The world is going to hate us since we are Christians. How 
well do we handle the disappointments in our life? The Heavenly 
Father and Christ want us to trust them. The purpose of affliction is 
to prove us. Remember to trust in the Lord during our affliction. 
God promises are afflictions will never be more than we can bear. 
There is a time to be a man of God. Use compassion with love, if 
we have a problem with one. God is watching, and He knows our 
heart. Those that are in trouble use love, and help them with their 
difficulties. The Apostle Paul had many sufferings in his life with the 
people. He went to God in prayer for help. Seek the blessing if we 
get hurt feelings. God is with us. Job said, "I know that my Re- 
deemer liveth" 

Bro. Fred Johnson closed with prayer. 

MONDAY P.M. 

Bro. Mark Cordrey opened. Col. 1. God is holding up our pre- 
eminence. Our goal is to live true to the Church. We are the branches 
and we bear fruit. Moses learned to be a shepherd. Moses was a 
great leader of the children of Israel. In the New Testament we 
have the Trinity God chose many people in the world to uphold 
Christ. We need to be the salt. We need to be a light. Eight souls 
gathered in Germany There they united together to form our church. 
They wanted a spiritually organized church. At Schwarzenau, Ger- 
many eight souls held a baptizing. The Apostle Paul said, "We need 
to work together." There were many divisions from that first church 
in Germany It was that hybrid that caused the problem. We need 
to have a relationship with God. The secret of Hybrid Church is 
back to the beginning. Have that personal relationship with God 
and bring that into a fellowship. 

Bro. Tom St. John. Third Generation Christians. Judges 2. Is- 
rael outlived Joshua. Joshua lived to be very old. They knew the 
great works of the Lord. How do things change from one genera- 
tion to another? No one can understand. If we look back three 



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generations we can see many changes. The commandment of the 
Lord was to teach children diligently. The ark of the covenant was a 
reminder for the children of Israel to serve all the day of Joshua. 
Later the Israelites failed to worship God and served Baalim. They 
had very much disbelief. God was very much displeased with the 
children of Israel. Generations of change are not wrong if God is 
there. We need to be first generation Christians. Where is my gen- 
eration today? It is to be Jesus Christ and His commandments for 
us to follow as our proving grounds. 

Bro. Dave Snyder closed. Where there is no vision we will suf- 
fer spiritually. Make a covenant with God. 

MONDAY EVENING 

Bro. Marlin Marks opened. Deut. 12:28-32. We have come to 
worship Christ. Who are we following? Are we following Jesus 
Christ? Does all the world know how to worship our real God? 
What God is America serving? Our only means of salvation is 
through Jesus Christ. Be willing to be directed by the Holy Spirit. 

Bro. Warren Smith. Stability. Heb. 13:9. Have our hearts se- 
cure in the Holy Spirit. Keep our heart established for a purpose. 
Stability is very important to all of us in every thing we do. Be stead- 
fast in the work of the Lord. There will be false teachers among you 
to end stability in the Lord. James 1:1-6. Pride will ruin our stability. 
The Apostle Paul told us there will be perilous times in the last 
days. We are all tempted and we can lose our stability. Stay rooted 
and grounded in the Lord. 

Bro. John Peffer. Every Word of God is Pure. Prov. 30:5. Our 
mission is to speak to some soul about their salvation. Jesus said, 
"Who believeth in me shall never die." Our Lovefeast that we have 
in our church is the Lord's Lovefeast. Jesus is the beginning and 
the end. He came from God. Jesus had a tongue to save man. 
Serving Christ really pays. Sometimes we need revival. Is Jesus 
real to you? If He is, tell someone else. We are known and read by 
all men. Everybody is welcome to come to our church and hear the 
Gospel. 

Bro. Ronald Marks closed. Be rooted and grounded in truth. If 
our heart is fixed to the Lord, nothing can change us. Does your life 
show up to your neighbors that we believe in the Holy Word. We do 



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not conform to this world. 

To Be Continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

Editor's Note 

Due to a communications mix-up, the Kenya Knotes originally 
written for publishing in the August issue of the Bible Monitor were 
not received until after the deadline. The material intended for the 
August issue as well as the material written for the September is- 
sue will appear in this issue. We trust all will enjoy these articles. 
May we each continue to pray for those who have gone to serve as 
well as for those there who have given their lives and souls to the 
Lord. 

KENYA KNOTES 

(August) 

It was a rainy night. She carried everything she owned plus a 
baby and had a small child walking beside her. She climbed into 
the van. I did not understand why she was there. She had been 
tricked out of the vegetables she was going to sell to earn money. 

We brought her to a small two room apartment. It had cement 
floors and a tin roof. The walls were in fair condition structurally. 
She did have a few stools to sit upon and a new looking kerosene 
stove but no kerosene or lamps or blankets or bed or any other 
furniture. It was too late that day to buy a blanket so I borrowed one 
for a promise of a new one in return. While people were fetching a 
blanket, lamp and kerosene, I placed the older child on my knee 
and hummed a simple hymn, as we listened to the rain on the roof. 
I just could not imagine these children sleeping in these cold rooms 
without beds or blankets. 

Soon candles were brought and a small round wick lamp. They 
are made from tin cans, cost about thirty five cents, use very little 
kerosene and are as bright as a candle. Now the blanket has ar- 
rived but we still lacked kerosene. So I stood the child on the floor. 
She showed no fear or joy or impatience or anger. She was tired 
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We left for the mission house to get some kerosene and a bucket 
for water and returned quickly to the house, making a mental note 
to get some extra blankets to keep ready for next time. Good nights 
were said. 

I was sad and filled with questions that I would never know the 
answers to. By American standards this lifestyle is uncommon. By 
Kenyan standards it is better than many. The needs of this family 
are the same as thousands and thousands of other Kenyans. Pov- 
erty and corruption are everywhere and feed each other. People 
tell small lies to find enough food for today. The little money people 
earn is stolen by thieves or squandered by public officials or spent 
unwisely by themselves. I am sure this woman was not ignorant of 
the methods of deception seemingly necessary to provide for the 
needs of her family. Did I really help her? Did I sow any seed? 

My mother-in-law said that"God must love poor people because 
he made so many of them." Sometimes I envy Christ in that He 
could and did heal ALL who came to Him. He fed thousands at the 
drop of a fish. But He also said, "For the poor always ye have with 
you;..." (John 12:8) The Apostle Paul said, "I know both how to be 
abased, and I know how to abound..." (Phil. 4:12) In America I felt 
I usually knew how to be abased but not in Kenya, learning how to 
abound is a difficult task indeed. 

I know God's Word has the answers to my most difficult ques- 
tions, "...visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction:..." (James 
1:27) "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing 
them. ..Teaching them..." (Matt. 28:1 9-20) "...if any would not work, 
neither should he eat" (IIThess.3:10) "...them that are rich. ..ready 
to distribute..." (I Tim. 6:17-18) "He that worketh deceit shall not 
dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight." 
(Psa. 1 01 :7) "And as ye go preach. ..heal. ..cleanse ...raise the dead, 
cast out devils. ..enquire who in it is worthy.. .shake off the 
dust... beware, be... wise... and harmless." Matt. 10:7-17) "I can do 
all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phil 4:13) "If 
any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God." (James 1 :5) Oh Lord, 
forgive me of envy and doubt. Thank you for the strength and wis- 
dom of your Word. Grant me your words for this day. Amen. 

Brother Tim Scofield 



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Greetings in the name of our Lord. 

I mentioned to some of you the conditions of a hospital birth 
here in Kapenguria. I have witnessed three births at the hospital 
here and felt a desire to help our mothers here with a better birth 
experience. 

We have several women due in the next few months. One of 
our mothers was due the end of June, Alice is the only one so far to 
ask if we would assist her in a home birth. Debra, Florence and I 
were very excited and also nervous about helping at the birth. Even 
though we are limited in knowledge, we feel the Lord leading us to 
help our mothers in this way. 

Alice started early labor on Friday. Baby had not come by Sun- 
day afternoon, so the three of us went to her home to check on her. 
Her pains were about ten minutes apart. We decided to take her for 
a walk. We walked to another sister's home, her name is also Alice, 
and had tea and a nice visit. It was nearly dark as we headed back 
to Alice's home. Her pains were now four minutes apart and much 
stronger. We sat around her, visiting and talking with excitement 
about the soon to arrive baby. 

We sat out our supplies, rubbed her back, talked calming words 
and helped our sister through this laborious time. She became so 
exhausted and the pains were so strong, we gave her a few drops 
of skullcap to help her relax. She was able to relax and even sleep 
a little. 

We felt since she was resting, we also would rest. About forty 
minutes later we awoke to the sound of our sister giving the one 
push that delivered her daughter into this world. It was such a quick, 
easy delivery that even Alice almost slept through it. 

We all jumped to our feet, caring for the baby and Alice. Debra 
cut the cord. I wrapped the baby in a towel. Florence had catnip 
tea ready for Alice. The placenta easily came with very little blood. 
The mother's clothes were changed and the bedding cleaned. 
Mother was comfortable in her own bed with her daughter beside 
her. Alice called the proud father, Gilbert, in to see his new daugh- 
ter. 

She wanted us to stay the night, so we bedded down. The night 
went well and at early morning Florence went for a sister in the 



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church, who lived close by, to come and stay a few days to help 
Alice. Regina was glad to come. 

The little girl weighed seven and a half pounds and is twenty 
inches long. She will not receive her Swahili name until her father's 
parents come to visit. Her grandmother will name her. Then, her 
parents will give her a Christian name. 

Oh, how we praise God. We knew so little and yet we all felt a 
peace, that God was with us and all was well. We thank Him that 
this little one came into the world surrounded by love. 

Before we sent this letter off, the little one was given her Chris- 
tian name, Terry. 

God's Peace 
Sister Terry Scofield 

SOME DAYS 

Some days I'm a warrior 

Some days I'm a priest 
Some days I just know 

I'll be invited to your feast. 

Other days I'm a prisoner 

Or maybe just a thief 
Chained to this life of sin 

By my suffering and my grief. 

Some days I wait eagerly 

Some days I'm alright 
Some days you turn my darkness 

To your everlasting light. 

Other days I'm blind 

And can not see my way 
Stumbling in the darkness 

Longing for the day. 

-Brother William Scofield 



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After picking up Jeremiah and his family at the airport in Nairobi 
we headed back to the hotel where we were staying. The next day 
while driving through Nairobi a man reached through the window of 
the van and took my hat. William was sitting next to the door and 
jumped out, with me close behind, and chased the man. As the 
man looked over his shoulder his eyes grew wide with terror at the 
sight of two white men chasing and quickly gaining on him. As he 
began to realize he could not out run us he dropped my hat which 
was now misshapen and has a black hand print on it, and kept on 
running. 

Not long after that another man reached in the window and got 
his fingers around my watch. I waved my arm and smacked his 
hand against the top of the window as he retracted his hand. I still 
have my hat and watch. 

Brother Matthew Scofield 
AFRICA! 

Greetings in the name of Jesus! No doubt about it, we are in 
Africa! 

We left Chicago on June 14 at 7:20 P.M. We had a good flight 
with a one hour lay over in Amsterdam. We arrived at Nairobi, Kenya 
at 8:40 P.M., June 1 5. Our luggage was waiting for us, and Scofield's 
were, too. What welcome faces! They almost thought we were not 
on that plane because it took so long for us to get visas. We were 
on our way to the hotel by 10:15 P.M. 

It was Friday morning, the 19th before we headed to our new 
home. By then we already had a taste of Kenya: beautiful flowers 
and trees, dirty beggar children, modern sky scrapers, tiny thatch 
markets by the street. We also enjoyed the sights on the way to 
Mokatano: zebras standing by the road, thatch homes, the Great 
Rift Valley, cacti growing for miles as a hedge by the road. 

So many adjustments: learning to understand Kenyan English, 
learning to cook with Kenya food, learning to accept the fact that 
our baby will be dirty, even in the house. This is all getting easier 
with time! I do understand most Kenyan English now, even some 
Swahili. Meals are a challenge, with very little meat, and very, very 
little good cheese. We are getting used to the limited diet and no 
fresh milk. We did have pizza last week. We bought Italian Salami 



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and a little cheese in Eldoret. With the powdered pizza sauce mix I 
brought and frybread rolled thin and fried, we had pizza! It was not 
quite homelike, but it was good! 

Terry says Hosanna looks like a little Kenyan when she is dirty! 
I have not learned to appreciate it. I try to keep her face clean, and 
wash her up before naptime and bedtime. 

Hosanna is getting along very well. She loves the little native 
tots. She gets all excited and will walk right up to them. She loves 
bananas and eats them every day. She's a real pro at it too. 

Though there are many changes and adjustments we are thank- 
ful God is the same in Africa as He is in America. He loves us and 
has taken good care of us thus far. We have had unusually good 
health. The weather has been beautiful. We are thankful to be in 
Africa! 

Blessings to you all, 

Sister Debra Johnson 

THE FUNERAL 

On June 21 there was much discussion at church here as to 
what to do with William, a dead man. He was not a member, but his 
mother is. So for her sake they thought we should help. 

It was decided after church that we would assist "Go-Go". (This 
means grandmother. They call her this because she is very old.) 
We were told to meet at the mortuary at 10:00 A.M. sharp, the next 
day. 

We arrived there at about 10 and around 11 or 1 1 :30 everyone 
else came. (This is African time.) I was told to be prepared, I might 
have to do a committal service. What could I say about a heathen 
man I did not know, who had been dead for over a week? 

Tim, Terry, Hosea, Gilbert, William's brother and I went to claim 
the body. Tim, Terry and I were told to stop fifteen feet from the 
door. They would not let us go in. I was thankful! (There is no 
refrigeration.) The smell was indescribable. We backed up to the 
hill before we got sick! Gilbert said later, "You didn't know where to 
put your nose in there!" 

They were told we must pay the bills first. This is where the 
story really begins. When an individual dies his family is respon- 



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sible to pay hospital bills and mortuary expenses. Usually, the 
mourners each give a little to help. This money is given to one 
person who will claim the body. 

However, in this case, the one who was given the money spent 
it on other things. We talked to the Hospital secretary. He said if the 
group could just pay part of it, that would be fine. 

The church and mission were each giving, but the non-Chris- 
tian brother was very hard. He wanted us to pay it all. He did have 
a job, and he also had chickens. Tim spoke rather rebukingly to him 
about his responsibility. We decided to go to his house to get three 
chickens to which he agreed. (I do not think he thought we would 
really go, but we did.) He, Gilbert, Hosea, Tim and I arrived and 
found the chickens running wild, so we had a time trying to catch 
even one. When we did, the man gave us some money so we 
would not waste more time chasing chickens. Then we had to sell 
it. Finally, around 2:00 P.M. or so, we were back at the hospital. 
Thankfully, the brother came, because a relative must claim the 
body. 

We then dug the hole and buried the body in the casket Gilbert 
had made. Hosea had the service, so I was relieved of it. 

Now my question comes to you! How much are you willing to 
give up for your brother? When we see someone struggling or 
dying spiritually, do we take the time to pray, to stand in the gap for 
them? Do we visit? Or are WE too stubborn, and refuse to give up 
just "three chickens"? Many times the sacrifice is small but the help 
so great! "Lift up the hands that hang down and strengthen the 
feeble knees." 

In His Service, 

Brother Jeremiah Johnson 

STOP THE WAR 

Bombs and bullets aim at me, 

All in all it isn't peace. 

In 1914 German saw war as peace, 

After a short break, 

In 1939 again war broke. 

Where are we leading to? 



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Many people died 

At the same scene many people were made cripple. 

Is this a way of life? 

We need peace. 

Numberless wars break 

Failure to stop them 

Super powers, why cherish war? 

In Yugoslavia a war broke, 

Between them America stands 

Not to separate war but wants talk, 

Can you talk to angry people? 

Innocent blood is being shed 

Furthermore children and adults being killed. 

A war that leaves many 

Fatherless, landless, also in poverty. 

Should we entertain war or restrain from it. 

In Somalia people ran for life 

In Rwanda it is more than worse. 

In Liberia it was chronic. 

Which way should we lead to? 

At the war people's daughters are being raped 

And sons being killed. 

Super powers why cherish war? 

At the Gulf allied need wars, 
America engineering it. 
Russia need peace treaty, 
Where should we escape to? 
There Saddam wants Kuwait 
Not in peace but in war. 
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India — wants nuclear bomb 
To reduce population. 
United Nations, why 
Stand and speculate this? 
Netanyahu of Israel is bold. 
Jews and Palestinians are scared, 
United Nations, 

Prevent war epidemic in the world. 
Veto powers why cherish war? 

An advancement in Russia 

Means an advancement in America 

An advancement doesn't mean development 

But rather war engineering. 

If a button is pressed in America 

Weapons are manufactured, 

Then that's the end of the world. 

Why punish the world? 

Instead of fighting against Aids, juvenile 

delinquency, malnutrition, deserts, and 

poor machinery 
You use the money for sponsoring war 
Whereby Jet B-52 American made 
Costs dollars that could feed Kenyans for five years. 
Why don't we eradicate war? 
Veto powers why cherish war? 

For that Christians fast for peace, 
Dunkard Brethren, be strong in the Lord, 
Put on the whole armour of God, 
To overcome wiles of the devil. 
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Flesh and blood, but against 

Principalities, powers and rulers 

Of darkness of this world. 

Paul Stump and Verling Wolfe 

Pick up your Bibles and preach peace, 

Rudy Shaffer, Timothy Scofield and Jeremiah 

Pray for peace. 

Sister Terry, Fern, Debra and Mary Stump, 

Cry for peace. 

Milton Cook and Dale Jamison, 

Suffer for peace. 

Henry Walker, Jacob Ness, Warren Smith 

And Dennis St. John, follow peace with all men. 

Without which no man shall see the Lord. 

My dear Kenyans and Americans, seek peace. 

Blessed are peacemakers 

For they shall be called the children of God. 

Jesus my Lord, Jesus my Lord, 

Son of God establish peace. 

You are the prince of peace. 

You were bruised, wounded, beaten and hanged 

For us to have peace. 

There's peace in thy blood 

Oh! Mighty God, Everlasting Father 

We need peace in Ethiopia, Israel, 

Kenya, Rwanda, Eritria and other Nations. 

Veto powers why cherish war? 

Brother James Musumba 



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KENYA KNOTES 

(September) 

I am very good at following instructions. I can read a car manual 
and carry out the specified operations. I can take a class and do 
everything the teacher says within my abilities and limits. I can 
read a map and follow a route to my destination. I can get a job and 
execute faithfully the whims of my employer. I can read God's Word 
and follow God's plan first and know that all other instructions must 
agree with God's or not be followed. 

I am eager to receive instructions and follow them. But there 
are some instructions that I resist strongly and do reluctantly and 
only in part and avoid and put off. It is those instructions that tell me 
to give instruction to those who do not want to hear. Instructions to 
correct, discipline, confront, rebuke, chastise, reject and put them 
away. I would much rather do all these things to myself many times 
over than to even think of doing such things to someone else. Cor- 
recting or rebuking a Christian brother or friend, a co-worker or 
stranger is unthinkable. 

God's Word has instruction I do not want to follow. Heb. 12:7, 
"...for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not." Prov. 22:15, 
"Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correc- 
tion shall drive it far from him." Titus 3:10, "A man that is an heretick 
after the first and second admonition reject." Matt. 18:1 5-1 8, "More- 
over if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his 
fault,. ..if he will not hear thee then take with thee one or two more.. .if 
he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church..." I Cor. 5:13, 
"But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from 
among yourselves that wicked person." 

Now I am in Kenya. I was sure this was a land full of people 
hungry for God's Word. They merely needed the seed to be planted 
and a great tree would grow. That was my wisdom. God's plan and 
reality is different. I found people full of strange teachings and ways, 
resistant to new ideas and comfortable with the path that they saw 
as life and going to church. Yes, I also found those who are ready 
for instruction, willing to learn and change. Many are those need- 
ing correction, chastisement, rebuking and rejection. Oh, Lord, not 
this, not me, somebody else. ..yes me, I will try. I will do. 



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Let me relate an instance of this need. He was a minister, un- 
derstanding the scripture and our doctrine better than myself on 
many points. A brother, a friend denying the needs of himself for 
the needs of the church. But iniquity was upon him. Sin of which he 
was convicted, even before he heard of the Dunkard Brethren 
Church. Sin for which he was forgiven but would be for a better 
lifetime paying the consequences. Sin that disallows him for the 
ministry. He hoped beyond hope that there was a way he could 
continue. But I knew it must not be. It must be me to carry out 
correction, to tell him his fault, to cleanse the church... I did. It hurt. 
I was God's will. I know growth will happen for both of us and I pray 
for the growth of the church. 

There is a danger that those with a log in their eye will grasp at 
the specks. But how long do we ignore the logs in our brother's eye 
before he becomes blind to the truth. Removing a log that has 
become comfortable will be painful but it must be done. We can 
help our brother to do it himself. We must help him see the log. 
Then he must pull it out. 

I must ask you, is there a brother or sister whom you must tell 
their fault? Are there those that need correction, rebuking, chas- 
tisement, God's will. We will grow. 

God's peace 
Brother Tim Scofield 

HOW DO YOU KNOW GOD CALLED YOU TO BE A 
MISSIONARY? 

I was asked that question so often before we came to Kenya. 
Often, when I would answer that we need more workers in Kenya, I 
would be surprised at the answers they gave. "Your doing some- 
thing I would never do." "I could never do that, I would miss my ice 
maker, dish washer, micro-wave too much." "You would be good at 
it, but I could never live like that." "There's too much disease over 
there." "What about my children? Something might happen to them." 
I wondered if they had given the same answers to God. 

Who is called to be a missionary? If we are the children of God, 
we are called to be a missionary. True, we do not have to go to 
Africa to be a missionary. We can serve God and preach to those 
around us, no matter where we are. However, if there is a call for 



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help in another country should we think that God does not mean 
us, but rather someone else in the church we are sure would do a 
better job than us. Oh, that there would be so many willing to go 
that they would have to take turns, or even better, be able to start 
more than one work in Africa. The support they would feel, know- 
ing the love of the ones at home for the work being done. The 
desire burning in all those hearts for the salvation of others. Oh, 
what joy what hope! 

If we are not willing to go and serve our Lord in Africa, how well 
are we serving Him at home? Are we concerned about the salva- 
tion of our neighbor? Are we willing to give of our selves till it hurts? 

Think about the life of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Think hard 
about if. Then, if you can come before Him and say "I can't go" you 
truly are not called to be a missionary. 

Thank you, God, for sending your child to this world of sin and 
disease. Thank you Lord Jesus for being willing to come. Willing to 
leave a perfect place to live among us and teach the salvation of 
our God. Thank you dear Jesus for being willing to die for me, that 
I may live. Thank you Lord, Praise you Lord. 

"And Jesus came and spake unto them saying, All power is 
given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach 
all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things 
whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, 
even unto the end of the world. Amen ." 

Love in Christ Jesus 
Sister Terry Scofield 
THE ROAD 
Well, life in Africa is definitely NOT boring, that's for sure. Driv- 
ing is like playing a video game of sorts. You have to dodge be- 
tween the chuck holes, swerve to miss people on bicycles, and try 
not to run over any sheep or goats. 

Sounds a bit like life, does it not? Dodging between tempta- 
tions, swerve to miss Satan and his minions, and try not to take the 
wrong road. 

Like on Sunday, July 26, when we went to Kiptoi for Church. 



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We were bouncing along down the dirt road having a good 'ol time, 
when all of a sudden, we saw it. Right there in front of us. The 
tension mounted as thoughts ran through our brains like Mountain 
Dew down a teenage guy's throat. It loomed before us and my life 
flashed before my eyes. It was.. .a VERY muddy road, and it was 
going up hill. 

"So much for Kiptoi", is what was running through my mind. I 
could not have been farther from the truth. 

James Musumba suddenly voices an opinion I did not want to 
hear. "Onward ever, backward never." And that is just what we did. 

In less than two minutes we were sideways in the road and we 
had a flat tire. Changing that tire was not exactly my idea of a 
Sunday afternoon picnic, but we did get it done. 

"Well, that's it, we can go home now," I thought. Wrong again. 

We pushed that van (literally) all the way up that hill. But we 
made it. I thought that it was absolutely LUDICROUS to be so 
persistent, but now I see that we as Christians should be that way 
more often. Sometimes Satan hurls muddy roads at us. Some- 
times GOD hurls muddy roads at us. Sometimes on this road called 
LIFE, we get a flat tire. But no matter what comes our way, we must 
persevere. 

Keep on battling up those muddy slopes and keep your eyes on 
Jesus Christ. 

In Him, 

Brother William Scofield 

On the date of July 4 we went to Uganda to get our visas re- 
newed. Crossing the border is a very lengthy task. First you fill out 
an exit form from Kenya. After the guard approves it you pass through 
a big iron gate. Then begins about two hours of waiting and trying 
to convince the military guards that you are not a Dunkard terrorist. 

While we were waiting a man came by pushing a bicycle with 
so many bananas on it we could hardly see the bicycle. Jeremiah 
got out his camera to take a picture, but when he did a guard came 
over to the van and said that he had taken a picture of a police 
officer. He then gave Jeremiah a choice. He could give the officer 
his film or his camera. Needless to say, Jeremiah gave him the film. 



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After this we filled out an entry form and went through another 
iron gate into Uganda. We stayed one night in Uganda, then went 
back to the border to see if they would let us back into Kenya. Well, 
they didn't. 

So then, we had to drive to Rwanda. On the way there, we 
came across an enormous hole in the road. As we watched, a big 
seven ton truck disappeared in the hole and came out the' other 
side. As we went through the hole we lost the spare tire some- 
where in the middle, but with the help of the people there we were 
soon moving again. We reached the border without further peril. 
We crossed over to Rwanda on foot, renewed our visas and walked 
back. We made it back to Kenya without any more trouble. 

"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is 
due, custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom 
honour." Romans 13:7, 

Brother Matthew Scofield 
WHEN IT RAINS.. .IT HAILS? 

Several weeks ago, our water was shut off. We get water from 
the public supply. It's rather dirty and unsafe for us to drink or wash 
in, but it's usable, once it's boiled - good. So when no water came, 
we wondered. I climbed the tower and looked in the tank, sure 
enough - empty. 

Normally, we have a pretty consistent water supply. The tank is 
filled at least once a day. Now how would we flush toilets, and wash 
clothes or dishes? We collect rain water to put through the purifier 
to drink, but we had only so much rain water. 

The first few days we scrimped and saved (wore our clothes 
twice as long, and so forth) but finally we had to go get river water. 
You must be careful even touching that water, to avoid typhoid fever 
and who knows what parasites! We hoped and prayed the water 
would come back on. Then we found out the electric company had 
shut off the water company because they had not paid their bill. 
How long might we go without water? 

We began earnestly to pray for rain. We could use rain water 
for everything, with much less fear. We prayed and prayed, and 
used river water. We did bleach it, to make it safer. But we were 
ever running out of rain water for drinking. For a few days it scarcely 



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rained, which is strange for the rainy season. 

Sunday came, a little gray. It sprinkled during church. Some- 
one said, "That's it for today!" But we prayed, trusting it would rain. 
As we ate dinner it began to shower, then really poured. We filled 
all the buckets, the 1 00 L barrel, and most of the dishpans. It slowed 
to a drizzle. We were happily satisfied with the answer to our prayer. 
We felt we had plenty. 

Little did we know what God had planned! It began thundering 
and lightening. And the torrents came! The containers were full, 
now what? The tower! William and Matthew took turns pulling the 
buckets up to dump into the 500 L barrel at the top. Tim and I 
collected and carried rain water to them. 

It rained harder and harder, and the wind blew! I was inside 
dumping water when I looked out and saw the boys on the porch 
scrambling to pick up something. IT WAS HAIL, marble sized! It 
piled up next to the house like snow. 

We filled the tank outside and all our containers. What a miracle! 
I collected some hail to fill our little cooler. The boys came in and 
we gathered around praising God for again doing "Exceeding, abun- 
dantly, above all that we ask or think"! AMEN. 

Praising the Lord, 
Brother Jeremiah Johnson 

A MARRIAGE CELEBRATION 

Greetings in the name of Jesus! In Kenya, just as in America, 
there are times of grief and times of joy. Recently we joined in a 
time of joy. 

James, our interpreter, Swahili teacher, translator and good 
brother in the Lord invited us to his wedding celebration on August 
4. It was not a Kenyan custom, but more like an American wedding 
reception. James and Emelda were actually married in April. She 
was a friend of his from school and they had gotten out of touch. 
He left home in April without telling his mission, and came back a 
week later with his new bride. They were already married. This 
was not well looked upon by James' family, and they eyed his criti- 
cally to see if he was sincerely committed or not. Normally there is 
a big, expensive celebration for a wedding. 

We left in the morning, picked up several people, and traveled 



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the half hour to James and Emelda's home. They live in town, in a 
1 1x14 room, which is nice and of good repair. We had been there 
before and now the house was set for the big day. With the help of 
the neighbors, it was like a big livingroom - chairs and couches all 
around, and five small, low tables spaced in the center. Each was 
covered with a mat or doily. We visited here for a while, then Terry 
and I went to the "kitchen". It was a room much like James' home, 
where no one lived. Today it was the kitchen. There were two char- 
coal burners on the floor, and one wood fire. All three had bubbling 
pots. Several of the sisters worked busily, preparing food. Itsmelled 
so good! 

Soon we were served tea or hot chocolate, jelly bread and bis- 
cuits. Hosanna was tired so I put her to sleep and lay her on her 
quilt, on the stabilizing slats under our little table. It was the coolest 
place available, and she slept. Then we went for a walk. The women 
went one way, and the men the other. After a couple hours we 
came back for the feast. So much food! We had chopped potatoes, 
fried chicken, chicken stew, chicken soup, seasoned rice, greens, 
ugali, oranges, bananas, pineapples and punch. We tried all but 
the stew. It had chicken parts we usually do not eat! It was a 
delicious meal! Then the group of thirty or so gathered for the spiri- 
tual feast. We sang, prayed and Hosea preached a wedding ser- 
mon. It was excellent for the occasion. The room was sweltering, 
so they kept the service fairly short. We prayed for the couple, 
offered congratulations, some gifts were presented, and we took 
pictures. As we went home we prayed that this marriage WOULD 
be a bit of heaven on earth. So few marriages in Kenya are happy. 
Pray for James and Emelda and all the other married couples here. 
Pray that God might use us to help them have happy marriages. 

Serving in Kenya, 
Sister Debra Johnson 

HUMBLED AND EXALTED 

The Maker of the Universe 
As man, for man was made a curse 
The claims of law which He had made 
Unto the uttermost He paid. 



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His holy fingers made the bough 
Which grew the thorns that crowned His brow. 
The nails that pierced His hands were mined 
In secret places He designed. 

He made the forest whence there sprung 
The tree on which His body hung; 
He died upon a cross of wood 
Yet made the hill on which it stood. 

The sky that darkened o'er His head 
By Him above the earth was spread; 
The sun that hid from Him its face 
By His decree was poised in space. 

The spear which spilled His precious blood 
Was tempered in the fires of God; 
The grave in which His form was laid 
Was hewn from rocks His hands had made. 

The throne on which He now appears 

Was His from everlasting years, 

But a new glory crowns His brow 

And every knee to Him shall bow. 

Humbly submitted by 
Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

MEETING NOTICES 

August 30-September 6 - Revival Meeting, Shrewsbury, Penn. 



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September 6 - Harvest Meeting, Pleasant Ridge, Ohio 

September 6-13 - Revival Meeting, Grandview, Missouri 

September 13 - Harvest Meeting, Englewood, Ohio 

September 13-20 - Revival Meeting, Bethel, Pennsylvania 

September 20-27 - Revival Meeting, Quinter, Kansas 

September 20-27 - Revival Meeting, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania 

September 28-October 4- Revival Meeting, Walnut Grove, Maryland 

October 2-1 1 - Revival Meeting, West Fulton, Ohio 

October 1 1 - Harvest Meeting, West Fulton, Ohio 

October 4-11 - Revival Meeting, Pleasant Home, California 

October 11-18 - Revival Meeting, Lititz, Pennsylvania 

October 21-25 - Revival Meeting, Dayton, Virginia 

November 1-8 - Revival Meeting, Mohlers, Mechanicsburg, Penn. 

LOVEFEAST NOTICES 

September 12 - Grandview, Missouri 

September 13 - Mohler Congregation, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 

September 26 - Quinter, Kansas 

October 4 - Walnut Grove, Maryland 

October 24 - Dayton, Virginia 

October 24 - Englewood, Ohio 

October 25 - Bethel, Pennsylvania 

November 7 - Pleasant Home, California 

November 8 - Lititz, Pennsylvania 

November 8 - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania 

NEWS ITEMS 

E-MAIL 

Those wishing to e-mail articles or news items to the Editor 
may do so. His address is m.cook1@juno.com. 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

Brother Kenneth Wilkerson from Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania 



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will be joining us to conduct revival services beginning Monday 
evening, September 28, and concluding with the Lovefeast celebra- 
tion on Sunday evening, October 4. Your prayers/presence would 
be inspiring and encouraging to us during these efforts. 

Sister Dorcas Shelly, Cor. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the West Fulton Congregation is looking for- 
ward to Revival meetings, October 2 through October 1 1 . Bro. Gor- 
don Jamison of Quinter, Kansas will be our evangelist. Please re- 
member these services in your prayers. 

Harvest Meeting will be on October 11. All are cordially invited 
to attend at anytime. (NOTICE:THE DATES ARE CHANGED FROM 
THE LIST IN THE AUGUST MONITOR.) 

Sister Dianne Heisey, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Home Congregation is looking 
forward to our Revival Meeting, October 4 through October 1 1 . Bro. 
Jason Reed from Myerstown, Pennsylvania will be our evangelist. 

We invite you to come and enjoy these spiritual blessings with 
us. 

Sister Blanche Newman, Cor. 
LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lititz, Pennsylvania Congregation plans to have revival 
meetings October 11 through 18, with Bro. Leonard Wertz as the 
speaker. Services are 9:30 A.M. Sundays and 7:30 P.M. each 
evening. All are invited to attend. Please keep us in your prayers. 

Sister Arlene Birt, Cor. 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

We, the Congregation of Dayton, Virginia would like to change 
the date of our meetings from the third Saturday, October 1 7, 1 998, 
to the weekend of the fourth Saturday, October 24, 1 998. 

The meeting will begin on Wednesday, October 21 , 1 998 at 7:30 
P.M. and end on Sunday, October 25, 1 998. Lovefeast services will 
be on Saturday, October 24, 1998 at 7:00 P.M. with Examination 
Services at 4:00 P.M. 



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The Lord willing the evangelist will be Bro. Paul Nell from Wal- 
nut Grove, Maryland. 

We invite one and all to be with our little number. 

Sister Lizette Bittinger, Cor. 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

MOHLER CONGREGATION 

The Lord willing, we the Mohler Congregation, Mechanicsburg, 
Pennsylvania, will be holding Revival Meetings, November 1 through 
8, 1998. Brother Paul Nell from the Walnut Grove Congregation 
has consented to be our evangelist. Please come praying that souls 
may be saved and saints revived. 

Sister Ruth A. Miller, Cor. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview, Missouri Congregation has a new member. Her 
name is Ellen Byars. The Lord has answered many prayers and 
made it possible for her to move close to our church. Please pray 
for her as she desires to raise her eight year old son according to 
God's will. Notes of encouragement to her would be appreciated. 

Ellen Byars 

441 Broadway 

Peculiar, MO 64078 

816-779-7409 

Sister Deena Andrews, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR OCTOBER 1998 

October 4 - God Brings The Tribes Together - Joshua 22:7-34. 

1 . For what reason were the children of Israel about to go to 
war among themselves? 

2. For what purpose had the children of Reuben and the 
children of Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh built an 
altar? 

October 1 1 - Joshua's Charge To Live Faithful - Joshua 23:1-16. 

1. Why did it take courage "to keep and to do all that is 
written in the Book of the Law of Moses"? 



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2. What would cause the anger of the Lord to be kindled 
against His people that they would perish from off the 
land which He had given them? 

October 18 - Joshua Encourages Israel - Joshua 24:1-15. 

1 . Why did Joshua at this time review the history of the chil- 
dren of Israel? 

2. How do you serve the Lord in sincerity and in truth? 
October 25 - Hospitality - Matt. 25:34-46 } I Pet. 4:9, Heb. 13:2. 

1 . Why is it so important to extend hospitality willingly? 

2. How would it be possible to entertain angels without know- 
ing they are angels? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
OCTOBER 1998 

October 4 - The Ten Lepers - Luke 17:11-19. 

1 . Why did only one return to thank Jesus for healing him? 

2. After the healing of the ten lepers, how would the life of 
the one who returned to thank Jesus been different from 
the other unthankful nine? 

October 11 -The Pharisee And Publican - Luke 18:9-17. 

1 . Why should we not tell God how good we are? 

2. How can we be justified before God? 

October 1 8 - Delusions - Gen. 3:1-7, Luke 6:49, James 1 :21 -27. 

1 . When God said of the forbidden fruit, "Ye shall not eat of 
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die", what did He mean? 

2. Why are we deceiving our own selves if we are hearers of 
the word only and not doers of the word? 

October 25 - Seeking God - Deut. 4:29-31 , Ps. 1 05:1-8, Isa. 55:1-8, 
Luke 11:9-10, Acts 17:26-31. 

1. Why will we only find God if we seek Him with all our 
heart and with all our soul? 

2. Explain the phrase, "We are the offspring of God" 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Piter, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C.Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 

1138 E. 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 



Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1813 N, 136th Avenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 

Fred O. Piter, Treasurer 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold.OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 1 7356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, I A 50003 
(515) 993-3028 



Paul Stump, Chairman William Carpenter, Treasurer 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 8012 Cavender Street 
Englewood, OH 45322 Morenci, Ml 49256 

(517) 458-6535 



Virgil Leatherman 
41 9 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Paul Nell 

Woodland Drive 

R6 Box 61 19 

Spring Grove, PA 17403-9489 

(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim ,PA 17545 

Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center,! A 50063 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

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VOL. LXXVi 



OCTOBER 1998 



NO. 10 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



TIS BY FAITH 

Tis by the faith of joys to come 
We walk thro' deserts dark as night: 
Till we arrive at heav'n our home, 
Faith is our guide, and faith our light. 

The want of sight she well supplies; 
She makes the pearly gates appear; 
Far into distant worlds she pries, 
And brings eternal glories near. 

Cheerful we tread the desert thro', 
While faith inspires a heavn'ly ray, 
Tho' lions roar, and tempests blow, 
And rocks and dangers fill the way. 



So Abram, by divine command, 
Left his own house to walk with God; 
His faith beheld the promised land, 
And cheered him on his toilsome road. 

-Isaac Watts 



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DOUBT 

One of the greatest robbers of a Christian's vitality is doubt. 
When doubt gets a foothold in the mind of the Christian it can para- 
lyze him. Doubt can take many forms. Many doubts are illustrated 
in the New Testament. Four doubts stand out in the following situa- 
tions. 

Jesus' disciples were to cross the sea of Galilee, while he dis- 
missed the crowd and spent time in private prayer. When He was 
ready to go to them, they were in the midst of a storm on the Sea. 
Although many of the disciples were fishermen by trade, they feared 
for their safety. They were further frightened when Jesus, ap- 
proached them in the midst of the storm, walking on the water. Jesus' 
words calmed them. When Peter asked that he be allowed to walk 
to Him, Jesus bade him to come. Peter did fine walking on the 
water until he thought about his situation. Realizing he should not 
be able to do that and because of the continuing storm around him, 
he began to fear. Jesus rescued him. Not only did He calm Peter's 
personal storm but also the storm on the sea. 

After Jesus' death on the cross, His body was laid in the newly 
hewn grave of Joseph. Despite the best efforts of Pilate and the 
religious leaders, that grave could not hold Him. He arose trium- 
phant over death, hell and the grave. That evening He appeared to 
His disciples in the upper room. Thomas, perhaps still cowering 
from the display of religious, political, military and Satanic power 
the past few days, was absent. When the other disciples told him 

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that Jesus had eaten with them, he would not believe them. He 
said he would only believe if he could put his finger in the nailprints 
in His hands and put his fist in the side of Jesus. One week later 
Jesus appeared again to the disciples gathered in that upper room. 
This time Thomas was present. He had only to see Jesus to be- 
lieve. 

After Pentecost, the new-found boldness of Peter had led him 
to speak and act in ways offensive to the religious leaders in Jerusa- 
lem. He was ready to obey God rather than men. His activities had 
landed him in prison. The authorities had him chained to four guards 
in the inner-most cell of the prison. Peter doubted if he would ever 
be free. In the middle of one night, he was awakened by an angel. 
The angel had to deal sternly with Peter to get him moving. The 
chains feel off his wrists and ankles. He wrapped his mantle about 
him and set out through the passageways of the prison. The prison 
doors opened as Peter approached them. Even the great iron gate 
at the entrance of the prison opened to allow Peter to walk into the 
street. Once he was outside the prison, the angel left him and 
urged him to go to his friends. 

Several Christians were gathered at a home to pray for the safety 
and release of Peter. Peter made his way toward that home. He 
knocked on the gate of that house's courtyard. When those inside 
realized there was someone at the gate, the servant, Rhoda, was 
sent to answer the gate. As Peter continued to knock incessantly 
on the gate, she inquired who was there. When he told her, she 
was so shocked that instead of letting him in, she ran back into the 
house to announce to the others that Peter was there. They would 
not believe it and thought her crazy. Eventually Peter was let in and 
he told the story of his escape. 

Peter's doubt in the midst of the storm on the sea illustrates the 
doubt that assails Christians in the midst of life's storms. When 
troubles arise Christians often begin to doubt that God is near to 
help them. Although they can not see His Hand clearly at such 
times, He is probably closer then than at any other time. 

Thomas' doubt can be equated to the doubt of the physical, 
historical record of the life and ministry of Jesus. Those who doubt 
His atoning death on Calvary or His resurrection from the tomb of 



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death are expressing the same doubt as Thomas. It is hoped that 
they will be as open as Thomas, when he saw Jesus. Without be- 
lieving in His physical, historic service, there is no way to be reborn 
through His blood. 

Peter in prison was not awake to the ability of God to deliver 
him from his circumstances. The angel had to awake and continu- 
ally urge him through his journey to freedom. Many Christians are 
sleepy, so they need constant urging toward their Spiritual goal. 

The Christians praying for Peter's freedom were praying in doubt 
instead of in expectancy. They were unable to believe that the very 
thing they were supposedly praying for was being answered right 
then. How many prayers of Christians are uttered with more doubt 
than faith behind them? Perhaps this is why so many prayers get 
no higher than the ceiling of the room where they are uttered. 

How much are we like these Christians of old? Will He find us 
faithful when He returns? 

M.C.Cook 

KENYA KNOTES 

Progress Report 

Greetings in Jesus' name! 

We continue to stay very busy at the Mission in Kenya. Things 
move at a slow pace but that does not mean that many things are 
not happening at the same time. 

Thursday night Bible studies continue to be well attended, ap- 
proximately thirty neighborhood children and fifteen adults, with lots 
of good discussion. Wednesday women's meeting also continues. 
Several women have completed "crazy quilts". From the money 
raised from selling of hand work they are starting other projects 
including contributing to the building fund, buying songbooks, mak- 
ing quilts for sale and buying beans for resale. It seems that Ameri- 
can style quilts might find a ready market here. Youth continue to 
meet on Saturday, playing soccer, volley ball, ping-pong and chess, 
then gathering for songs, prayer and Bible study. Of course every 
Sunday we meet for worship and Sunday school. The Makutano 
Church had been meeting at the Mission house because the soc- 



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cer stadium where they previously met had been occupied by gov- 
ernment troops looking for cattle rustlers. Now the troops are gone 
and the church is able to meet again in a room at the soccer sta- 
dium. 

Every other Friday the Kenyan leaders meet at our house for an 
all day seminar examining the polity book, Sunday schools, council 
meetings and so forth, so that they can teach and practice these 
things in their home church. We have been meeting since May and 
should complete most studies in September. 

I have been keeping Brother James Musumba busy translating 
our written material into Swahili. He has even translated the Polity 
Book. 

There has been eager acceptance of the Kenyan version of the 
Brethren Card known as Dunkard Brethren Beliefs. It is printed in 
English and Swahili on the same paper and answers most initial 
questions about who the Dunkard Brethren are and what Dunkard 
means. Most people think that Dunkard is some man's name. 

Recently we have been hosting Swahili literacy classes for adults. 
We continue to distribute Bibles to those who have genuine need, 
desire and ability to read. It is still very difficult to find the Union 
Version Swahili which is translated from the King James. More 
readily available is the "Habori Njema" or Good News in Swahili. 

There are always the daily requests for money food, water, trans- 
portation, medical help, jobs, balls, sweets, biscuits, that wear you 
down as you try to discern between need, want, desire and greed. 

Foremost on our minds are those things recently learned about 
Visas, work permits and registration of the church. I will spare you 
the frustrating details and simply report the findings. The govern- 
ment of Kenya only rarely approves the registration of a new church. 
To stay in Kenya longer than six months you need a work permit 
that is filed by a registered organization in Kenya. There are no 
such organizations in Kenya that know us well enough to file for us 
yet. So we are unable to obtain a work permit. That is why that by 
the time you read this we will be on our way home to the United 
States. 

I believe that in Kenya the ground is more fertile for the beliefs 
of the Dunkard Brethren than in America. Kenyans are not as cursed 



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with materialism, television and fashion as Americans. Many women 
cover their heads already. People dress more modestly, are more 
content with life and they are more open to God and the truth. 

Membership classes are being held at both Makutano and 
Kaplamai. We anticipate baptism services soon at those churches. 
The churches at Ortum, Chepkornishuwo, Chesubet, Kaptilamwa 
and Kiptoi are struggling to maintain faithful teachers that practice 
and understand the doctrine and faithful members who are willing 
to change their lives because the Bible tells them so. 

This is the state of the Dunkard Brethren in Kenya. What is the 
state of the Dunkard Brethren in America? Are there men willing to 
preach God's Word and not man's excuses? Are there eyes that 
can see and ears willing to hear? Are we willing to change our lives 
to build God's kingdom and strengthen the body of Christ? What 
things of this world, that will be smoke and ash, are we holding onto 
that God is calling us to let go? Have we forgiven others so God 
may forgive us? Are we content with our daily bread? Have we 
asked for deliverance from specific evil in our lives? Let us all care- 
fully and prayerfully consider the state of the Dunkard Brethren in 
America and what priority Christ is, in our hearts. May we leave 
behind our desires and pride and make each next step and deci- 
sion boldly in His will 

God's Peace, 
Brother Tim Scofield 
SYLVESTER, MY FRIEND AT THE WINDOW 

He was the first person to meet us at the mission house, as we 
drove in with Pauls and Verlings. A cute little boy, about nine years 
old. A face reminding me of a chipmunk, with cheeks that stick our 
round and cute when he smiles. I did not know then the friendship 
that Sylvester and I would have. 

At first he was just one of the many children that came to the 
mission house. I began to realize, not all the children would come 
every day, but Sylvester would. The children were always peeking 
in the windows, quite often at meal time. It seemed there could be 
no privacy. Often I would give them a slice of buttered bread. I 
could not bear to eat our meal in front of them. So many times it 
was tempting to put up curtains in the "big" room and dining room, 



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just to keep them from watching every move we made. But, we did 
not come all the way to Kenya to close people out of our lives. 

If you went outside to do something you would find children all 
around you. They were very curious. They would slowly reach out 
and touch your arm, your toes, your hair. So I would reach out and 
touch them, as well. 

Before long I had a desire to read Bible stories to the children. I 
was just beginning to learn Swahili so I needed to find someone, 
maybe a child, who could help me. I began to pray the Lord would 
send someone to help me. These poor children needed to know 
the Word of God. 

I found a Bible story book at the Christian book store in Kitale. 
The book covered the whole bible, Old and New Testament, and 
had nice pictures. I could not wait to show it to the children. Next 
time the children came, I showed them the book. Big smiles! 
Sylvester reached for the book and began to read. "You can read 
English!" I had heard him speak a little English, but it had never 
crossed my mind that he was going to school and could read. 

I was so excited. The Lord had answered my prayers. I bought 
several more books for the children. When I found our that some of 
the children spoke Pokot, I bought books written in Pokot plus books 
in Swahili as well. When Sylvester found the Pokot books he smiled 
real big. "These are Pokot!" "Are you Pokot?" "Yes!" He sat down 
to read to me. He so enjoys reading. 

I made copies of Bible story pictures and verses for the children 
to color. The children would color and then pass around the story 
books and often Sylvester would read to them. We gave them a 
Swahili hymn book and they would sit on the back porch and sing. 

It did not take them long to learn that we have Bible study on 
Thursday nights. It was not the Bible study they were so much 
interested in as the fry bread dusted with powdered sugar that went 
with the tea after the study. Sure enough, every Thursday night, 
half an hour before the study, the children would be outside the 
kitchen door. They never asked, they just sat in the grass watching 
me cook. So it would go until I opened the door and gave them 
each a piece of hot sweet fry bread. Then off they would run. 

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"sweet", I opened the door and told them the sweets were for Bible 
study. Would they like to come to Bible study? if that's what it took 
to get a sweet, then that's what they would do. Six little boys joined 
the Bible study that night. From then on those boys were always 
here on Thursdays. The boys were always here early and Sylvester 
made sure they all stayed till the tea time. They would sing hymns 
from their book while they would wait for the members to gather for 
study. They would listen to the study no running in and out. They 
were patient and waited until they were invited to take their tea and 
before they left, "thank yous" and "good-bys" were said. 

Over the months word has spread. We now have thirty children 
at Thursday night study. I know they all come for the "sweets", but 
they hear the Word of God as well. 

I know some of the children by name, but it is Sylvester who 
comes daily to my kitchen window. He knows when to come that he 
will be the only child there. "Terry, how are you today?" "Terry, I 
went to school today." "Give me sweet" "God bless you." I keep a 
jar of candy and gum balls on hand. He knows to come early on 
Saturday morning and he will get french toast or pancakes. For 
sure there are many things I will miss about Kenya, but one of the 
things I will miss the most is my little friend at the window. 

Love in Christ Jesus, 
Sister Terry Scofield 
ANOTHER BAD ROAD 

Boy I thought we had a bad experience last time. We were on 
our way to Kaptalama a couple of weeks ago, and everything was 
going well until we came to a certain patch of road. 

All the way up so far, we had had good, dry roads, then came 
the mudhole. Right in the middle of the road was a stretch of mud 
about thirty feet long and at least a foot deep. People had been 
throwing sticks, leaves, and other debris in to help them get through. 
Well, it worked for THEM but the next guy would be in a world of 
trouble. We happened to be the next guy. We were less than half 
way through when we became completely stuck. 

We spent the next hour digging out with a Jembe (hoe), and all 
the while I was grumbling in my head. "I knew we should have stayed 
home today" I thought, I had not yet learned my lesson from the 



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last time, and doubt filled my mind. 

An hour later after we finally got ourselves extracted from the 
mire, I realized how wrong I had been. We had several more hairy 
moments on our way to Kaptalama, but did not get stuck. Until the 
return trip. 

We decided to take a different route home and avoid getting 
stuck again. Along the way we came to a very steep, very long hill. 
It was also pouring rain by this time. Once again we ended up 
pushing the van up a hill. At one point we had to push past a tractor 
that was stuck half on, half off the road. THAT was pretty tedious. 
Definitely something to remember. It was also dark during our ad- 
venture in the rain. 

After we got past that, we went through Kipfoi, and came to the 
hill I mentioned last time. This time, we were going down the hill. 
No big deal, right? Wrong. 

Everything was going okay, when we started an uncontrollable 
decent.. .in the wrong direction. Into the ditch, actually. Somehow 
we were not on our side, but not exactly on our wheels either. I had 
never been in a vehicle that rolled over before, but I was able to 
laugh my way through it. I had learned my lesson. 

The van was miraculously unharmed. I firmly believe there were 
angels pushing right along side us mere mortals. If not for them, I 
do not think we could have made it. It was not "The Power of Posi- 
tive Thinking", it was "The Power of Prayer." 

In Him, 

Brother William Scofield 
KENYA CREATURES 

Not too long ago my father and Bro. Jeremiah went to Eldoret to 
go to one of the banks there because all the banks here were on 
strike. On the way back they saw a dead giraffe lying on the side of 
the road. There were some Game Wardens there cutting it into 
pieces and giving it to whoever wanted any. So, of course, we got 
some. Sis. Debra cooked it that night for supper and it tasted a lot 
like chicken: ha! ha!. Actually, it tasted more like beef. 

A while back my father and Bro. Jeremiah, Bro. James and his 
wife Emelda went to visit Kaplamai, where Peter preaches. The 



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people there say that a big cow-like beast comes out of the water 
and kills people. We can only conclude that this terrible beast is a 
hippo. They say while they are burying one person the beast comes 
and kills another. 

Look for the unexpected, avoid the dangerous. "For the crea- 
ture was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him 
who hath subjected the same in hope." Romans 8:20. 

A brother in the Lord, 
Brother Matthew Scofield 
"PEAS, PEAS" AND THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST 

This last weekend we took a trip to Nairobi to take care of more 
mission business. On the way home we had an exciting experi- 
ence. 

We planned to stop by the side of the road to buy potatoes. 
They grow them somewhere between here and Nairobi so they are 
much cheaper, almost a third the price. We saw a row of women by 
the road, all selling peas and potatoes. That's the way they do, 
everyone sells the same thing. 

So we stopped the van. No sooner had we done so, than five 
women came running up to the passenger window where Terry sat. 
They all had baskets of peas and were shouting, "Peas, peas! Mama 
peas! I was here first! Buy mine! Sister! Peas! Auntie! Peas! Terry 
sat there rather dumbstruck. We all laughed and held our ears. 

Finally, she got out and told them she wanted potatoes. She 
would like to have bought some from all of them. "They look so 
sweet," she said. The rest of us just laughed! 

I had to think. How do we present the Gospel? Those women 
knew they had to get busy. They could not just sit there or none 
would ever buy their goods. Do we sit around lazily waiting for 
people to approach us? They might! But it is not half as likely! We 
see much evidence here that those churches that were here first 
(i.e., Catholic and so forth) have had the greatest influence. Where 
were we? Where are we now? Where are we going? Ask yourself, 
"Ajn I up running for the Lord?" 

But consider the flip side. Do I "sell" Jesus? How is my presen- 
tation? Is it cut and dried, a repeating of the same old story? Is 



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Jesus alive in you?! If not, it will come through. You must be con- 
vinced that you have the Lord and you want all others to follow Him 
because He is worthy and it is in their best interest! We do not have 
to trick people into following Jesus. Just proclaim the truth and live 
and act the truth. "A city set on a hill (live and active) cannot be hid." 
So let us awake out of sleep and get busy for the Lord. 

A fellow laborer, 
Brother Jeremiah Johnson 
A FUNERAL CELEBRATION 

Last month I wrote about a wedding celebration. Now I want to 
tell you about a funeral that seemed like a celebration in many ways. 

We heard about the death of Jackson's father. Jackson is a 
member of our church, but his family is a part of the Church of God. 
Jackson's father was fifty years old and just collapsed as he got to 
work one day. I suppose he had a heart attack. 

The funeral was on Sunday at 1 1 :00 A.M. We picked up pas- 
sengers then traveled one and a fourth hours to the funeral. It had 
just begun as we got there. First we viewed the body. It was in a 
small casket set up on a bed in a tin leanrto built on to the mud hut 
home. We sang a hymn as we stood around the body. Then we 
went to find seats among the three hundred or so present. A few 
"tents" were set up to shade everyone. It was a cloudy day that 
turned partly sunny before the funeral was over. 

After some singing, it was testimony time. The widow spoke 
first, then each of their eight children, ranging in age from twenty or 
so to one and a half years. Then the deceased's brothers and sis- 
ters, then the widow's brothers, sisters and parents spoke. After 
that some aunts and uncles on each side, some friends, the church 
leaders, and each visiting church leader had a part Different groups 
sang and the Church of God had an older man speak for a while. I 
guess this was the sermon. We had prayer many times. Each 
testimony lasted approximately five minutes. The Church of God 
leader kept everything moving. One interesting fact: everything was 
spoken in Swahili or Luya. We understood nothing. It was interest- 
ing, just watching the speakers and the emotion involved. Actually, 
few tears were shed. The service lasted until 3:30 P.M. 



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The grave was dug earlier and had filled nearly half full of water 
because of rain. Some guys spent a lot of time scooping water 
from the hole during the service. At the close of the service many 
people gave offerings of money to the widow. Pall bearers came 
out with the casket as a procession including the widow and chil- 
dren started slowly for the grave. An appointed group sang as all 
this was happening. The singing was beautiful! When the two groups 
met they paraded around the yard in a half circle, then back again 
to the grave. The singing stopped for a short reading and prayer, 
then resumed as the casket was lowered into the grave. They cov- 
ered the casket with leaves, then branches. A minister spoke more 
words and dropped the first clods of dirt into the hole. The men 
took turns with shovels and hoes covering the casket, as the choir 
sang and we all stood watching. When the hole was partly filled 
they placed heavy branches in each corner of the hole. Some of 
the men's shirts were drenched as they faithfully performed this 
one last act of love for their brother and friend. When the grave was 
mounded up, many people stepped up to place a handful of wild 
flowers in the dirt. The women sang as they paraded the widow 
back to her home. It really did seem like a joyous occasion! Al- 
though we mourn for all these children who have lost their daddy, 
and for the young widow, (thirty-five years old) we feel peace and 
joy, knowing this Kenyan has gone to Heaven. We pray all Kenyans 
could have this sort of close to their life, prepared to meet their 
Maker. 

Are you ready? If you are, your funeral can be a celebration, 
too. 

God bless each one, 
Sister Debra Johnson 

1998 GENERAL CONFERENCE SERMON NOTES 

Continued from September 1998 Issue 

TUESDAY MORNING WORSHIP 

Bro. William Heisey. Acts 5:17-42. The Apostles were jailed at 
that time. An angel opened the doors of the prison. The Apostles 
were let out. They went to the Temple and began to teach willingly. 



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God was with them. The Apostles were willing to suffer and keep 
preaching for Christ and to obey God. 

TUESDAY A.M. 

Bro. Jeremiah Johnson opened. Luke 17:1-10. Forgive even 
seven times if necessary. Look for things that need to be done and 
be a willing worker. As Christians, do we use the energy given to 
us? Are you an encourager. Be a willing helper with joy Trust the 
Lord as your Savior and live true to Him. There are blessings in 
being able to serve the Lord. A faithful servant does what he is 
asked to do. 

Bible Study. Bro. Phil Franklin. Humble Servants. Philippians 
2:1-6. 

Bro. Fred Johnson. Romans 7:18-25. We can change our 
clothes. We can change our nature. Join our church. It should 
make a difference. Unless we accept Jesus and His teachings, 
what are we? A sinful nature is hard to deal with. The Apostle Paul 
turned to God when he needed help with his difficulties. Changing 
the outside does not change a person. What is in the heart will 
come out. The real you without a clean heart will show from the 
outside. Except a person be born again he cannot see God. 
Nicodemus said, "I cannot be born again." Our heart can be cleansed 
through the blood of Christ. We need that new birth through Christ. 
Many will not accept that new birth of Christ and follow Him and His 
teachings. We have the choice to choose that new life with Jesus 
and His teachings. 

Bro. Mark Cordrey closed. The Apostle Paul was real in his life. 
He was not proud. He wanted to please the Heavenly Father. He 
was willing to change his life to please God. Ask God to change 
you and make in you a new heart. 

TUESDAY P.M. 

Missionary Program. Bro. Kenneth Wilkerson opened. IThess. 
1. Is God really alive? We know He lives because He is in our 
heart. The love of God is alive. 

Bro. Dave Snyder. I Thess. 8. Two thousand years ago Christ 
went to the cross for our sins. It did not end there. He was placed 
in the grave and later arose. He is now in Heaven with our Heav- 



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enly Father. There are many people without Christ in this world. I 
Thess. 4:10-11. Think about what our mission is. It is to share 
Christ with an individual who knows nothing about Him. Satan tries 
to destroy the church. Love your neighbor, tell them about Christ. 
Quench not the Spirit. The Apostle Paul said, "All have sinned and 
come short in the sight of God." Be kind, tender hearted, forgiving 
one another. Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. God 
tells us how to face decisions. There is always something for us to 
do in the mission field. If we think we cannot help, in the mission 
field, to win some lost soul, then the devil is deceiving us. 

Bro. David Rice closed. Our home front can be an advantage to 
us to teach Jesus to a lost soul. 

TUESDAY EVENING 

Bro. Paul Stump opened. Luke 19:1-10. The son of man came 
to seek that which was lost. We all have a mission. Let our light 
shine to them round about us. We are the only Bible some people 
read. 

Bro. Robert Carpenter. Missionary Message. I Cor. 3:4-6. God 
gives the increase for mission work. Sow the seed of God's Holy 
Word wherever we go. A missionary must have a very pleasant 
attitude and preach the Word of God. It's our job to sow the seed 
round about us to people that do not know anything about the Holy 
Bible. 

Bro. Allen Trujillo from the Torreon Navajo Mission spoke to us. 
I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ. I learned a lot about the 
Bible at Torreon Mission in New Mexico. Bro. Newton Jamison asked 
me to join our church. May 16, 1997, I became a member of the 
Dunkard Brethren Church. I am very thankful for the Torreon Mis- 
sion. 

WEDNESDAY MORNING WORSHIP 

Bro. Merle Sweitzer. James 1:1-4. There are many temptations 
before us every day. Our mind begins to think Satan is there to 
deceive us. Patience grows in strong Christians. We must yield our 
lives to Christ. We do not want to become spiritually blind. We 
need to search our heart. By faith we can conquer all temptation 
that comes to us. 

Sister Alice Heisey 



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BEHIND BARS 

This article is written about those in prison, who are trying with 
God's help to change their lives. 

As we slowly drive into the prison, located in central Ohio, and 
hunt the area we are assigned to, I wonder what we will hear and 
see and how will the next two days go. The prison is huge with 
many buildings to house the 7,000 men who live here. 

We, a group of volunteers, are meeting a gospel group to help 
hold a two day seminar here for these men. The only possessions 
we are allowed to carry into the prison are our Bibles. No keys, no 
billfolds, no purses, no nothing. Just our Bibles. 

We help the Gospel Group as they carry their equipment in. It 
is checked inch by inch as we pass through the metal detectors. We 
sign the papers we need to receive our passes that must be at- 
tached to us at all times. The prison chaplain is here to greet us. 
We talk and have prayer with him before entering the prison yards. 

As we start our long walk to the chapel the prison doors open 
before us and lock shut behind us with loud clicks. I wince at each 
loud click, for each one makes me feel trapped. It reminds me that 
there is no turning back for now. I ask God to please take my hand 
and walk beside me these next two days. 

The prison yards are so grim, very bleak, with not much color or 
grass anywhere. There are huge cement block buildings with bars 
on every window in sight. Now we are on the inside of the prison 
looking out. All around us are the coiled, shiny, razor-sharp, wires 
that glisten brightly in the sun and are beautiful in their own design. 
In this area, we are asked to walk in twos and let no prisoners 
among us. Walking past the buildings, smelling the prison meals 
being prepared and hearing the men's voices all around us as they 
shout and laugh and curse and call to each other, I wonder, am I in 
another world? 

Now, we are in the section where the men live. As we walk past 
room after room of barred windows the men stare at us and I at 
them. My heart slowly breaks at all these black and white hands 
that are clutching the prison bars. All these black and white hands 
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want to gently peel those hands away. I, somehow, want to help 
these men see that life does not have to be lived in this fashion. Life 
does not have to be crime and sin and sorrow. It can be good and 
godly and clean if we choose to make it that way, despite our prob- 
lems and our circumstances. 

I am the only woman in this group of volunteers, yet I feel no 
fear. The prisoners have a silent code among themselves that if 
someone would harm a woman, a child, a blind person or a cripple, 
the others would come down hard on them. These men do not 
want longer sentences. As we finish our long walk I feel an over- 
whelming despair. It wants to drag me down with it. 

The sun shines warmly on our backs and the sky is so blue. 
Finally, we arrive at the chapel, which feels like a warm welcome 
haven in this other world. We hurry to set up the room for our two 
day seminar with these men. 

Sadly, the chaplain tells us that out of seven thousand men, 
only one hundred or so have signed up. These are all that are truly 
interested, with God's help, in trying to change their ways and im- 
prove their lives while they are here. The chaplain tells us that we 
will be sharing the room with men who have committed every crime 
possible. 

I watch the men as they walk in, both black and white. Most are 
very strong and a few carry scars. I am struck by their faces, for 
there are no smiles, just tense faces and empty eyes. Some seem 
curious and some seem shy. Some turn around and walk right 
back out. I wonder is it because of this Jesus stuff we want to share 
with them? Then I see something else. A blind man and a crippled 
man are very carefully being helped into the room and to their chairs 
by other prisoners, assigned to them. Before the program starts 
the men share the cookies and drink they have made for us. It's a 
beautiful Friday night as we spend the next two hours singing, wor- 
shipping and praying to God together. It breaks my heart to see the 
tears running down all these black and white cheeks. I hope and 
pray that God is touching all of these touched hearts and lives here 
in this room tonight and that His Spirit is guiding these men. 

We are asked to give a testimony and I know clearly what my 
words will be as I stand and take the mike. I tell them that it's my 



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privilege to spend these next two days with them. I tell them that 
we are here in all shapes, all sizes, all colors, and all worshipping 
the same God. God tells us in His Word that if we are willing to 
learn of His truth, then His truth shall set us free, no matter where 
we are, or the condition we are in. It makes me smile to hear the 
yells of "Yeah, Sister" as I pass the mike on, 

Now some of the tension is draining away. There is some yelling 
and clapping and stomping and a few smiles and a few smiles with- 
out teeth. I want to cry as the blind one takes his harmonica and 
plays a beautiful song for us that comes from his heart. I want to 
shake these men and beg them to use their time well in here and 
leave a different man than the man that walked in here. 

When it's time to leave, we are so drained as we walk back 
through the now quiet prison yard, back through the gates and the 
clicking locks and out the door. I thank God again that I am able to 
do and live and move about as I please in this world where I live, 
called freedom. 

Saturday morning is bright and clear as we make our way back 
to the chapel for our all day seminar. Today is different, for today we 
are able to sit with the prisoners at small tables around the room. 
At our table there are five black men and one Mexican. They eye us 
cautiously and I them, for the one across the table from me tells me 
that he weighs four hundred pounds and is six feet four inches in 
height. I have never seen such a big, muscular man. Thus, our 
seminar begins. 

Today we are going to talk about three subjects. Our first sub- 
ject is about being a man of God. The second is about anger and 
the third about men's sexuality. Anger and men's sexuality are the 
two things that put a lot of men into prison. The Gospel Group 
leader is also a minister and he talks on the first subject, then leaves 
forty-five minutes or so for us to have group discussion with the 
men. We talk, we laugh, we share. As we sit with their black elbows 
touching mine, I wonder just what are these men's crimes. As we 
talk, I realize the desperate, desperate need within these men to 
reach out and ask for help. The things they talk about just breaks 
my heart. 

As we discuss "Being a man of God" we share how God gives 



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each one a free will to make choices in this life. Many times we 
bury that free will. Instead of choosing what is good and right for 
us, we do what we want. It seems when we do what we want, we 
sometimes make bad choices. Then we have to deal with the re- 
sults of our bad choices, which is what all prisoners are doing right 
now. 

Next we talk about anger. The huge man across from me tells 
me when he gets angry, he uses his size to throw his weight around. 
I look him straight in the eyes and tell him when I get angry, I use my 
size to throw my weight around also. Now, I am a very tiny person, 
so of course, he things this is very funny. So the day goes. 

The Mexican, on my right, clearly hates his woman. I wonder 
did he harm her? The man on my left has only two fingers left on 
each hand but he knows God's Word through and through. He has 
a love and knowledge for the Lord that puts me to shame. This love 
comes out in his voice and his words and his eyes shine with it. 

These men on the whole are sorry for their crimes. They yearn 
for their families. They are sad for their wasted years, and are so 
eager to learn and soak up God's Words. The day goes so fast. I 
am sad to leave these men, whom ! have gotten to know in a small 
way. They have been so appreciative and thankful that we would 
even take time to spend our day with them. 

As we close in prayer, my heart is torn as I listen to the sobbing 
of the man behind me as he asks God to please forgive him for the 
hatred he has in his heart for the parents who abused him. My 
heart is torn again as I listen to another ask God to please forgive 
him for the crimes he has committed. My heart is torn again as I 
listen to another as he asks God to please forgive him for the mess 
his marriage is in and that his wife and children would someday 
receive him back as their husband and father. 

These men have committed serious crimes for which they are 
locked up like animals, and rightly so. Because of their decision to 
dedicate their lives to the Lord, and reach out for help, they are 
facing tough lives in here from the other prisoners, who daily test 
their faith and ridicule them for their decision. Even so, these few 
men are trying to change their lives, to become men of God, and to 
repair the damage done to their families because of their crimes, 



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despite it all. 

As we say good-by it humbles me to realize I am no better than 
these men, though they are behind bars and I am not. We are all 
born into sin. We all have sins to overcome. They have their sins 
and I have mine. It humbles me as I realize once again that God 
loves us so much and that He has a special path for each of us to 
find and walk. It humbles me as I realize once again that God loves 
us all the same, not one more than another, not white more than 
black, and no matter where we are, or the condition we are in, that 
He will be there if we will only choose to call on Him. 

As we hug good-by, I wish them God's love, God's peace, and 
His blessings as they struggle to live with, to deal with, and over- 
come the crimes they have committed, and as they struggle to be- 
come men of God, despite it all. 

Sister Susan Cottrell 
4421 Teagues S. Rd. 
Arcanum, OH 45304 

THINGS INCREDIBLE 

Acts 26:8, "Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, 
that God should raise the dead?" 

Paul was speaking before Agrippa, who was expert in customs 
and questions which were among the Jews, verse 3, and believed 
the prophets, verse 27. 

The dictionary defines incredible as unbelievable, but my thought 
is that they may still be true. 

Gen. 2:1-7 tells us that God created all things, including man, 
into whose nostrils He breathed the breath of life and man became 
a living soul. 

Gen. 6:1-7 tells us that because of the wickedness of man, that 
God purposed to destroy that which He had created. Gen. 6:8, "But 
Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord " 

Gen. 8:21 -9:17 declares God's covenant with Noah and his seed. 

Beginning in chapter 12 of Genesis, God makes a covenant 

with Abraham. Perhaps the greatest promise to Abraham is found 



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in Gen. 22:1 8, "And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be 
blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice." Paul explains in Gal. 
3:16, "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He 
saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, 
which is Christ." 

The children of Israel delivered from famine through Joseph. 
Gen. 50:20, "But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God 
meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much 
people alive." 

The children of Israel were delivered from the bondage of the 
Egyptians through Moses. Ex. 14:30, "Thus the Lord saved Israel 
that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyp- 
tians dead upon the sea shore." 

God made a covenant with the children of Israel. Deut. 4:7-13, 
"For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, 
as the Lord our God is in all things that we call upon him for: And 
what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so 
righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day? Only take 
heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the 
things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy 
heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' 
sons; Specially the day that thou stoodest before the Lord thy God 
in Horeb, when the Lord said unto me, Gather me the people to- 
gether, and I will make them hear my words, that they may learn to 
fear me all the days that they shall live upon the earth, and that they 
may teach their children. And ye came near and stood under the 
mountain; and the mountain burned with fire unto the midst of 
heaven, with darkness, clouds, and thick darkness. And the Lord 
spake unto you out of the midst of the fire; ye heard the voice of the 
words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a voice. And he de- 
clared unto you his covenant, which he commanded you to per- 
form, even ten commandments; and he wrote them upon two tables 
of stone." 

Please read the contrast between the covenant made with 
Abraham, and the covenant made with Israel, found in Galatians 
chapters 3 and 4. 

The fire from God to show his acceptance. Ex. 13:22,14:19-20, 



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Lev. 9:24, II Chron. 21:26. To show His vengeance, Lev. 10:1-2, 
Gen. 19:24, II Kings 1:10, Rev. 20:9. 

That Christ was born of a virgin and was called Emmanuel, 
God with us. Matt. 1:18-25. 

That Christ laid down his life for us, Matt. 27:50, Mark 15:37, 
Luke 23:46 and John 19:30. 

That Christ arose from the dead, Matt. 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, 
John 20 and I Cor. 15:20. 

That Christ cleanses and gives life to sinners, I Cor. 6:11-14, 
Eph 2:1-6, Phil 3:8-11, Col. 1:21 -23, I Tim. 1:12-15, II Tim. 2:1 1-12, 
4:8, II Pet. 1:1-4 and John 5:11-13. 

All these things may seem incredible to the unbeliever, but they 
are most surely believed among us. Luke 1:1. 

FOLLOW ME 

"Take up your cross and follow Me, 

Wherever I may lead, 

Your back will ache, your feet grow tired, 

And yes, your heart will bleed. 

But we shall walk together, 

And I will share your lot, 

For I am always with you, 

And will forget you not " 

"Take up your cross and follow Me, 
And I will fill your days 
With joy that only I can give, 
In many precious ways. 
So learn to know Me better, 
For there are miles to go, 
And rest your head upon My heart, 
For I have loved you so." 



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"The light grows dim, the dusk descends, 

The sunlight turns to shade, 

I give My angels charge of you, 

So do not be afraid. 

But trust in Me and do not grieve 

For what has come and gone, 

I will provide for all your needs, 

Because you are my own." 

"My yoke is sweet, My burden light, 
No matter where you roam, 
Remember earth will pass away, 
But heaven is your home. 
How very brief a time man walks 
Upon this earthly sod, 
So love Me as I first loved you 
And know that I am God. 

-Grace E. Easley 
May God bless you all. 

Brother William Carpenter 

PERSEVERANCE 

I Chronicles 16:11, "Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his 
face continually" 

Oh! The trouble we would avoid if only we would follow this 
advice! How we must continue upward on this journey of life. Hosea 
12:6 says, "Therefore turn thou to thy God: keep mercy and judg- 
ment and wait on thy God continually" We must persevere. 

As Christians, we represent Christ our Saviour. How do we do 
that? Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments" We 
love Him because He first loved us by dying for us to pay the pen- 
alty for our sins. If we truly believe that Christ saved us; if we have 



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been converted from sin and the error of our ways; if we are walking 
in newness of life by following the scriptures and the prompting of 
the Holy Ghost, then we are followers of Christ and we must perse- 
vere. 

John 8:31 , "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on 
him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;" In 
order to continue in something, you must have been established in 
that thing. Begin in the Word and continue in it. Philippians 4:1 
says, "Stand fast in the Lord." II Timothy 2:1 is significant. It says, 
"Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ 
Jesus." What are we to be strong in? THE GRACE that is in Christ: 
not our own righteousness or holiness, but Christ's. 

A cult will tell you to do as they do and you cannot go wrong. An 
apostate group will say, "Follow our rules and you are assured a 
place in Heaven." Jesus says, "Take my yoke upon you, and learn 
of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto 
your souls." (Matthew 1 1 :29) 

Colossians 2:7 tells us to be "rooted and built up in him, and 
stablished in the faith." Not rooted and built up in a creed or a belief 
system, but in the person of Jesus Christ, our Blessed Saviour. 
Praise His Holy Name! 

The Brethren use the New Testament for their creed. The title 
page in my Bible says, "The New Testament of Our Lord and Sav- 
iour Jesus Christ." This Word is the final word of Christ: the testi- 
mony of the Son of God while here upon earth and after He re- 
turned to Heaven. Hear Him. Believe and be saved. 

Jesus was nailed upon a cross and His disciples scattered. 
However, when the Holy Ghost came among them, strength pre- 
vailed. Jesus told them in John 20:22, "Receive ye the Holy Ghost..." 
Acts 1 :8 says, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost 
is come upon you..." We need the Holy Ghost to help us to perse- 
vere. We do not know what we will have to face in these coming 
days. We need to be freed from the power of this world and sin. We 
need to embrace the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to 
embrace the Word of God (and do not be fooled by the modern 
versions - they lead to confusion). 

We need to get rid of the devilish distractions of this world. Do 



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not think for a minute that you cannot be deceived by the radio or 
the television. These things deceived me in the late 1960's and 
they can do it to my children today. Hold fast. Fight the forces of 
evil. Stand against the wiles of the devil. We know what they are. 
We are tantalized by them. We must decide whom we love more, 
the world or our Lord. Whom will we follow? 

Have we received the Holy Ghost since we believed? There is 
no other way to seek the face of the Lord continually but by the Holy 
Ghost. 

Do not be afraid to seek the face of the Lord. You will be a better 
person for it. People will see you and want what you have. They will 
know there is something different about you. They will see that you 
have been set free from the bonds of sin. May God grant to you the 
desire to seek Him continually. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

ONE THING HAVE I DESIRED OF THE LORD 

Psalm 27:4, "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I 
seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of 
my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his 
temple." 

There are many things that individuals desire of the Lord. Some 
desire physical healing. Others desire that God would intervene in 
family difficulties. Some even desire that God would supply them 
with the riches of this world. None of these desires are wrong if the 
desire is willingly submitted to God's perfect will for our lives. 

In essence we believe that David, the given author of this Psalm, 
was saying that above all else there was one thing that he desired 
of the Lord. The desire of David's heart should also be the desire of 
every born again child of God. We wish the leading of the Holy 
Spirit as we attempt to analyze this thing that David desired of the 
Lord. 

First of all, David realized that his human frailty along with the 
inherited adamic nature would not allow him to accomplish the de- 



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sire of his heart in its fullness. That is why he said, "that will I seek 
after". We should also realize and acknowledge our human lack of 
ability to fully accomplish the things we are about to expound upon. 
If we seek to accomplish these things without the aid of the Holy 
Spirit we will be complete failures. 

David's sincere desire was "that I may dwell in the house of the 
LORD all the days of my life." We believe this can be translated for 
our day to state that the thing we desire of the Lord is that we may 
be a part of a Bible believing fellowship. This is certainly a worthy 
desire and is to be placed very high on our list of priorities, if not 
first. What does it mean to be a part of a Bible believing fellowship? 

Included in David's desire of the Lord was "to behold the beauty 
of the LORD." A possible translation of the word "beauty" from the 
Hebrew is the word "suitableness" which means being appropriate. 
In John 4:24 Jesus instructed us, "God is a Spirit: and they that 
worship him must worship him in spirit and truth " The basis of our 
worship must be the truths found on the pages of God's Holy Word. 
Although we believe that emotion can be a valid part of a worship 
experience, to worship God in spirit goes far beyond this. In Ro- 
mans 8:1 6 we read, "the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, 
that we are the children of God." A Bible believing fellowship is 
made up of individuals who are led by the Holy Spirit. The Holy 
Spirit will lead into the truths of Holy Scripture. To be a true Bible 
believing fellowship all the truths of God's Holy Word that describe 
who God is and all His attributes must be accepted without reser- 
vation. When the Bible says that God is the divine Creator who 
created the world and all that is therein in six literal days we must 
accept this. We must not try to explain it with the wisdom of man, as 
it is found in so called scientific knowledge. The miracles in both 
the Old and The New Testament must be accepted for what they 
are. They are God intervening in the natural actions and needs of 
man and the universe. What are generally referred to as the cardi- 
nal truths of Holy Scripture must be accepted without doubt or ques- 
tion. This includes such things as the virgin birth of Christ and His 
literal resurrection. It also includes a belief in the Holy Trinity. 

David's last portion of his desire of the LORD was, "and to in- 
quire in his temple." Our desire should be to learn what God's de- 
sire and commands are for our lives. This is also a part of a true 



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Bible believing fellowship. While we must accept the entire Bible as 
the inspired Word of God, we can rightly be described as a New 
Testament fellowship. Unfortunately, there are many fellowships 
who call themselves Bible believing while a great amount of time is 
spent explaining why the Bible does not mean what it says or that 
portions were only for certain times or places. The Scriptural head 
covering has come under attack in recent times more than we have 
ever heard it before. But all the so called wisdom and excuses of 
man to explain away the Scriptural truth will not change the Word of 
God nor God's mind concerning this truth, He has revealed in His 
Word through the Apostle Paul. 

One of the more controversial issues concerning Bible believ- 
ing fellowships is church tradition. The fact is that all fellowships, 
whether they acknowledge it or not, are following some type of 
church tradition. The bottom line is whether or not the church tradi- 
tion is in line with Bible truths and guidelines. We are convinced 
that most of our Brethren traditions, which are often shared with 
other plain groups, enhance rather than negate the truths of Holy 
Scripture. They should never be put on the same level as Bible 
truth as clearly revealed in God's Holy Word but should be em- 
braced as aids to help keep us faithful. 

May we be able to say, One thing have I desired of the Lord, to 
live a life that is in accord with His Holy Word and to be a part of His 
people. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

WISHING 

Do you wish the world were better? 

Let me tell you what to do. 
Set a watch upon your actions, 

Keep them always straight and true. 
Rid your mind of selfish motives, 

Let your thoughts be clean and high. 



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You can make a little Eden 
Of the sphere you occupy. 

Do you wish the world were wiser? 

Well, suppose you make a start, 
By accumulating wisdom 

In the scrapbook of your heart; 
Do not waste one page on folly; 

Live to learn, and learn to live. 
If you want to give men knowledge 

You must get it, ere you give. 

Do you wish the world were happy? 

Then remember day by day 
Just to scatter seeds of kindness 

As you pass along the way, 
For the pleasures of the many 

May be traced to one. 
As the hand that plants an acorn 

Shelters armies from the sun. 
-Selected 

MEETING NOTICES 

September 28-October 4 - Revival Meeting, Walnut Grove, Mary- 
land 

October 2-1 1 - Revival Meeting, West Fulton, Ohio 
October 1 1 - Harvest Meeting, West Fulton, Ohio 
October 4-1 1 - Revival Meeting, Pleasant Home, California 
October 1 1-18 - Revival Meeting, Lititz, Pennsylvania 
October 21-25 - Revival Meeting, Dayton, Virginia 
November 1-8 - Revival Meeting, Mohlers, Mechanicsburg, Penn- 



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sylvania 

LOVEFEAST NOTICES 

October 4 - Walnut Grove, Maryland 

October 24 - Dayton, Virginia 

October 24 - Englewood, Ohio 

October 25 - Bethel, Pennsylvania 

October 31 - Pleasant Ridge, Ohio 

November 7 - Pleasant Home, California 

November 8 - Lititz, Pennsylvania 

November 8 - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania 

NEWS ITEMS 

REMINDER 

Those wishing to make donations to the Publication Board, 
please remember to make them out to Bro. Fred Pifer, Treasurer, 
but sent to Bro. Ron Marks, Secretary, 1 81 3 N. 1 36th Ave., Hart, Ml 
49420. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation plans a 
Lovefeast service October 31 , 1 998. All are welcome to come and 
share these services with us. 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Congregation is having a Lovefeast ser- 
vice, November 7, 1998. 

We are happy that Bro. Paul Stump plans to be with us, at that 
time, the Lord willing. Come and enjoy these blessings with us. 

Sister Blanche Newman, Cor. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation had a week of Revival from August 9 
through 16. Elder David Skiles was our Evangelist. 

Although no new members were added, Bro. David gave us 



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much to think about. We are glad Sister Mildred came also. 

Our Harvest Meeting is planned for November 1 5 with Bro. David 
Rice as speaker. Everyone is invited to this Meeting and to all our 
services! 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 
THANKYOU 
Thank you so very much for your prayers and telephone calls of 
love and concern for our little daughter, Triana. Your cards, gifts and 
visits, too, were a special blessing to both her and her family. 

We feel Triana's complete recovery was because of earnest 
prayers on her behalf. 

Thank you all and Praise God for His miracle of perfect healing. 
God bless you. 

Brother David and Sister Neide Aungst 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR NOVEMBER 

1998 

November 1 - Israel's Response - Joshua 24:16-27. 

1 . Why did Joshua say to the people, "Ye cannot serve the 
Lord"? 

2. Why did Joshua set up a great stone under the oak tree? 

November 8 - Reflections On Israel's Love For God - Joshua 24:28- 
33. 

1 . How would these verses read if they were written about 
our service to the Lord, as an individual, as a congrega- 
tion, as the general Brotherhood? 

2. Explain the importance of having leaders who know "all 
the works of the Lord," which he has done for us. 

November 15 - God Hath Requited Me - Judges 1:1-20. 

1. Explain how God will requite us for our life spent here 
upon earth. 

2. Why did the Lord deliver the land into the hand of Simeon 
and Judah? 



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November 22 - THANKSGIVING - Psalm 111:1-10. 

1 . How is praise a natural part of Thanksgiving? 

2. How does our fear of the Lord affect our giving of thanks? 
November 29 - Mission Not Accomplished - Judges 1:21-36. 

1. Why did the children of Benjamin not drive out the 
Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem? 

2. Why did Israel put the Canaanites to tribute instead of 
utterly driving them out? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 1998 

November 1 -Thoughtfulness - Deut. 32:1-5, Jos. 1 :8-9, Hag. 1 :4-7, 
Ps. 1:1-6, I Tim. 4:1 5-1 6. 

1 . What should our thoughts be focused upon? 

2. Why is it so important for us to consider our ways? 
November 8 - Honor of Parents - Eph. 6:1-3, Ex. 20:12, Pr. 1:8, 

Luke 2:51, John 19:26-27. 

1 .What is the praise in "The First Commandment with Prom- 
ise"? 

2. What is the importance of obedience in honoring our par- 
ents? 
November 15 - Our Friendships - 1 Sam. 20:1-42. 

1 . What was the bond between Jonathan and David? 

2. Why was Jonathan so loyal to David even while realizing 
David would be king instead of him? 

November 22 - THANKSGIVING - Ps. 92:1-2, I Chr. 16:8-12, Eph. 
5:19-20, Ph. 4:6-17. 

1 . How often should we give thanks? 

2. For what should we be thankful? 
November 29 - Our Duty - Romans 12:1-21. 

1 . What is it that God considers our "reasonable service"? 

2. How is it possible to "overcome evil with good"? 



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VOL. LXXVI 



NOVEMBER 1998 



NO. 11 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



OH, WHERE ARE THE REAPERS? 

Oh, where are the reapers that garner in 
The sheaves of the good from the fields of sin? 
With sickles of truth must the work be done, 
And no one may rest till the "harvest home." 

Go out in the byways and search them all; 
The wheat may be there, tho' the weeds are tall; 
Then search in the highway, and pass none by 
But gather from all for the home on high. 

The fields are all rip'ning, and far and wide 
The world now is waiting the harvest tide; 
But reapers are few, and the work is great, 
And much will be lost should the harvest wait. 



So come with your sickles, ye sons of men, 
And gather together the golden grain; 
Toil on till the Lord of the harvest come, 
Then share ye his joy in the "harvest home." 

-Eben E. Rexford 



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GIVING THANKS 

As a day for the giving of thanks has been established in this 
country, Christians should be at the forefront of those who express 
their thanks. Admittedly, the day has become a day of feasting and 
football rather than of Spiritual reflection. Although the world does 
not appreciate the blessings that have been showered upon the 
just and the unjust, Christians must be mindful of all that they have 
received. 

Throughout Bible history, many events happened that caused 
the people of God to offer thanks. Sometimes it was in response to 
some great, miraculous event. At other times it was in response to 
some continuing series of events. Unfortunately, many times they 
were not as ready to give thanks as they should have been. That 
has been the usual way of mankind. 

As Joshua moved toward the close of his life and labors as the 
leader of the Children of Israel, he gathered the leaders to Shechem. 
There he recounted their history back to the days of Abraham. He 
recounted how God had intervened in their affairs over the years. 
He had led Abraham throughout his journeys. He had arranged 
marriages for Isaac and Jacob with descendants of Abraham's 
brother Nahor. He had preserved Jacob's family through Joseph's 
rise to power in Egypt. He had called Moses and Aaron to lead the 
Israelites out of Egypt when their bondage had become too bur- 
densome. He had destroyed the pursuing army of Pharaoh. He 

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had led them throughout the often aimless wandering in the wilder- 
ness. He had brought them to the other side of Jordan where they 
had fought and defeated the Amorites and had taken their land for 
their own. He had directed their conquest of the Promised Land. 
They had overrun and divided it amongst their tribes. 

After recounting how they had received houses, vineyards, or- 
chards, fields and cities that they had not built, Joshua challenged 
them to commit themselves to serving the God who had given them 
all these benefits. He challenged them to serve any god that been 
able to do for them what God had already done for them. They 
would be unable to find any such god, but they would try, from time 
to time. Although they might seek other gods to worship, Joshua 
declared that he would only serve the Lord God of Heaven. 

Joshua was a great leader of his people. His greatness was 
shown in his dependence upon God. He knew that all had been 
given to them by God. God had led through the centuries and the 
decades to bring about their establishment in the Promised Land 

If Joshua sought commitment because of the Physical bless- 
ings that God had given him and his people, it would seem, that of 
all people Christians should be the most thankful. Christians have 
much more to be thankful for than even the Children of Israel. They 
have received more from the hand of God than even God's chosen 
people of the Old Testament. 

Christians have received Spiritual blessings that far surpass 
the physical and worldly blessings received by Israel. Christians 
have been the recipients of God's special love gift, His Son. They 
have received more than a bountiful land, they have received title to 
Heavenly mansions. They have received more than the voice of the 
prophets crying in the wilderness; they have received the direction 
of the indwelling Holy Spirit. The children of Israel had been freed 
from the bondage of Egypt; Christians have been freed from the 
bondage of Satan and sin. Christians have been given many ben- 
efits that were unavailable to the them, because Jesus had not yet 
come to deliver them from Satan. 

If Joshua expected a commitment from the children of Israel 
following his account of all that they had received, then how much 
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Christians? While Thanksgiving provides a special time each year 
to ponder more fully on the received blessings, the Christian should 
be mindful of these blessings every day. Thanksgiving should not 
be limited to mere words, for words can be hollow and unfeeling. 
Beyond words, actions can more accurately express true feelings. 
Hearts that are truly thankful will express that thanksgiving through 
commitment to God. This will show through attitudes and actions 
not only toward God but toward others as well. 

Thanksgiving should be more than turkey, cranberries, a day 
off, sports and self-indulgence. It should be a time of reflection 
upon the blessings that God has provided for Christians. It is a time 
to reflect upon not only physical blessings but also Spiritual bless- 
ings. Make Thanksgiving a time of commitment. Offer yourself as a 
servant of God because He has purchased you at a great price. 

How will you spend Thanksgiving? Will it be a day of feasting 
and partying, or a day of commitment? 

M.C.Cook 

WISDOM ANDTHE WORLD'STECHNOLOGY 

The young couple sat quietly waiting. What else was there to 
do? Although they looked just like any other couple on the outside, 
things were different on the inside. As they waited for their baby 
daughter to return from open heart surgery, their hearts were ach- 
ing with a peculiar combination of complete trust in God and anx- 
ious doubts. Would she survive? Later, they were filled with joy 
and thanksgiving as they held their baby girl again, whose heart 
was now working as it should. 

Another young couple sat, nervous and uncertain. They were 
anxious for this to all be over. Something about it did not feel right. 
Later, they hurried back to everyday life, eager to forget the feel of 
tiny feet telling them hello, and the sound of a tiny heart beating 
steadily. Eager to forget the life that was no more. 

Life and death. Two extremes that clearly demonstrate the far- 
reaching results of today's technology. Life saved through the use 
of the most sophisticated equipment available. Death produced 



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through the use of other high-tech equipment. 

Christians sometimes accept without question the world's tech- 
nology, because of a mind set that says God has given man the 
wisdom to invent all that he has invented. Is today's technology the 
result of God's wisdom given to man? We need to go back to God's 
Word as our foundation, so we can reveal the truth or error in the 
thoughts of man. 

In an article titled "Have You Been 'Secularized'?", by creation 
scientist, Ken Ham, he says, "When Adam ate the fruit of the tree of 
the knowledge of good and evil, he adopted a "secular" worldview. 
Thus, he put his own thinking, based on 'outside' opinion, to be in 
authority over the clear words of God. >A//of us have inherited an 
Adamic nature that rebels against the Christian worldview. There- 
fore, we will automatically absorb secular thinking unless we work 
hard to avoid such contamination." He goes on to say, "We tend to 
trust man to determine truth devoid of the foundation of God's Word. 
But we've forgotten a change that has affected every human being. 
The Bible teaches in Jeremiah 1 7:9 thatThe heart is deceitful above 
all.' Man's nature is to be against God — we are all humanists at 
heart. This is why we need to kneel in submission to the One who 
is infinite in knowledge, and let Him tell us the answers— found in 
the Bible — we need to build into our whole thinking." 

Before going any further, I want to mention that we are not 
against using technology. We own and use many modern conve- 
niences, including a computer, and take advantage of medical care 
when necessary. Our purpose in writing is not to condemn technol- 
ogy, but rather to open our minds to the truth, and awaken us to the 
need for Godly wisdom while living in today's world. 

We realize the probability of today's technology being invented 
by Christians as well as non-Christians. Yet because of the impos- 
sibility of always knowing the person behind the invention, and be- 
cause the majority of the world's population are not Christians, we 
intend to look at today's technology as coming from today's 'world', 
those who are not Christians. Even if something has been invented 
by a Christian, we are not excused from using God's Word and 
wisdom as we decide to accept or reject that particular item into our 
lives. 



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BEGINNING OF WISDOM 

Beginning at the beginning, we see that God created man in 
His image. This means he was created with a brain of awesome 
capabilities; creativity and imagination; and purity of thought and 
intent. Then Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of 
good and evil. God said they had now become "as one of us, to 
know good and evil." Up to that time, their wisdom had been a pure, 
Godly wisdom. Now they also knew evil. Now they needed to make 
choices between doing good and doing evil. The knowledge they 
had would not automatically result in them doing good. Right from 
the time of the fall, man's wisdom was no longer pure, but tainted 
with evil. (Eccl- 7:29) "Lo, this only have I found, that God hath 
made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions " 

Going to Solomon's writings, we find much information on wis- 
dom. One of his basic statements is found in Proverbs 1 :7, where 
he says that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: 
but fools despise wisdom and instruction." True knowledge and 
wisdom only come with the fear of the Lord. Job 28:28 says, "And 
unto man he said, Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom; and 
to depart from evil is understanding." Considering that the majority 
of the people in the world do not live in the fear of the Lord, we 
cannot count the world's knowledge and attainments in technology 
as true wisdom. (Prov. 28:5) "Evil men understand not judg- 
ment: but they that seek the LORD understand ail things" (Prov. 
9:10) "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and 
the knowledge of the holy is understanding" 

Rather than fearing God, we find instead that man, "...when 
they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thank- 
ful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart 
was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became 
fools." (Rom. 1:21-22) There we are plainly told that men without 
God become fools. They refuse to listen to His words and reject His 
law. (Jer.8:9) "The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed 
and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and 
what wisdom is in them?" 

In I Cor. 3:18-21 , Paul tells us God's opinion of the world's wis- 
dom. "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth 



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to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. 
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is writ- 
ten, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord 
knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. Therefore let 
no man glory in men. For all things are yours." Because men's 
minds without God are corrupt, then we can assume that the inven- 
tions of those minds may also be corrupt. We can not take the 
world's technology as an unqualified gift from God when it's been 
handed to us from the minds of the world. (I Cor. 1:19-20) "For it 
is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring 
to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? 
where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath 
not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" 

Finally, there are two more important things to keep in mind 
when considering the world's wisdom. First, God says that He is 
not the author of confusion. There is no doubt about the confusion 
of the world today. Take the medical field, for example. Research 
after research is being done to find answers to medical problems. 
Some research completely contradicts what is found in other re- 
search. We can read completely opposing ideas as to what is best 
for our health. Sometimes the media seems nothing but confusion, 
with its different reports of this and that; it's barrage of audio and 
visual information. There is lots of confusion! 

Secondly, God tells us that Satan is the prince of this world. If 
God has given this world to Satan as his kingdom, just how much 
Godly wisdom should we expect to find from the world? 

Scripture does tell us that God gives wisdom to specific people 
on earth, believers or non-believers, to fulfill His purposes. In the 
following verses, wisdom is speaking of herself. She says: (Prov. 
8:15-16) "By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me 
princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth." Because 
God is speaking here of a certain group of people, those whom He 
has set up as rulers, these verses cannot be applied to men in 
general. 

As a comparison with the world's wisdom, the following verse 
tells us what true wisdom is: (James 3:17) "But the wisdom that is 
from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be 



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entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and with- 
out hypocrisy." Unfortunately, these are not the kind of actions and 
thoughts we find in the majority of the world's people today. 

To be continued 
Sister Arlene Stamy 

MOCCASINS 

When I was young and still living at theTorreon Navajo Mission, 
I remember someone telling me I need to be able to walk one mile 
in my brother's moccasins before I can condemn or find fault with 
him. I remember thinking his shoes were too small, and how was 
that to help?! I guess I did not get the point. 

It was not long before someone else told me I needed to walk 
three miles in my brother's moccasins before I judged him. Again I 
had to ask how that would help. Well, I was to look at what he was 
doing from his point of view. The walking in his moccasins was a 
way of saying that. 

I soon forgot, because when I got older our Sunday school 
teacher told us we need to walk seven miles in our brother's moc- 
casins before we can condemn them of what they are doing. Wow, 
the number of miles was increasing, and people were still telling 
me to wear my brother's moccasins. 

I know we all have agreed to live following the guidelines of 
Matthew 18. Talk about the miles getting longer. Seventy times 
seven a day. That's a lot of walking for one day. I was also told if I 
had to figure up seventy times seven I had missed the point. Well, 
I figured up seventy times seven to see how that fits in one day. On 
the average we spend eight hours with any one person and that 
comes down to forgiving that person better than once a minute each 
day. That does not leave me any time to be all upset and get things 
going my way. Quite a challenge. 

When I read Timothy 4:1-2 using everyday words, it tells me a 
lot about how to treat others. "I charge thee therefore before God, 
and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead 
at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in 
season, out of season; teach, correct, encourage with all 



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longsuffering and doctrine." 

I do not know anyone who has learned to do anything perfect 
the first time. We all need to be taught. As we practice what we 
have learned, we need correction at times. When we get it right, we 
need confirmation, a word of encouragement. Anything to know we 
are on the right track. 

Teach, correct, encourage... any one of these actions without 
the other results in many uncomfortable feelings in any walk of life. 
All three take time and commitment to follow through. Above all, it 
is still the Holy Spirit who helps with the understanding and God 
who gives the increase. All we need is longsuffering so we can be 
used of God in the way He wants. There is nothing to it if the Holy 
Spirit is allowed to work through us. 

I hope you have comfortable moccasins for me to wear. 

Brother Roy Litfin 

KENYA KNOTES 

Greetings from all the Dunkards in Kenya to all the Dunkards in 
the United States of America in the precious name of Jesus, our 
Lord and Savior. We are now fifty-one tried and true members stron- 
ger because of recent baptisms. At the baptismal sites we some- 
times had to wait momentarily for bathers and laundry workers to 
temporarily cease activity. The applicants at Makutano and Koplimai 
were so numerous (thirty-one) that as one was dunked, another 
was leaving the water while another then entered. Bwana Asifiwe! 
Praise God! 

One part of testing applicants was to determine if they had proper 
marital status. Before detailing those questions, I am going to at- 
tempt to explain marriage practices of Kenya in the hope that I 
through the telling, will understand them better myself. 

It appears that there are three types of marriages in Kenya. 
One is the traditional tribal marriage where cows are traded and 
various other rituals performed. Another is a Christian wedding 
that may be similar to our American practices. The third method I 
will call the assumed marriage. That is when two people come 



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together and state or not state that they are married and everyone 
assumes that they are indeed married. The assumed marriage is 
an option forced on many couples in Kenya because the other op- 
tions, traditional and Christian require that a dowry be paid for the 
wife. Most couples desire a proper marriage but cannot pay the 
dowry required. In an assumed marriage, the dowry is postponed 
but not without consequences. 

If a man has not paid the dowry for his wife he is then subject to 
the following customs. If his wife or children die, he may not bury 
them but they are taken for burial by the wife's family. When his 
daughter marries he may not charge a dowry for her. If he is a 
minister he is not allowed to perform a marriage ceremony. When a 
granddaughter marries in her virginity, the grandparents may also 
charge a dowry if the grandfather has paid the dowry for his wife. 

I have been quietly teaching that it is not a sin to pay a dowry 
but that it is a sin to charge one. Biblically, dowries are depicted as 
displays of greed and deception. Christians should not charge for 
what they are freely given, a child. 

It has been suggested that visiting American ministers might 
conduct group marriage ceremonies for those couples that have 
never been united properly Still each couple will need to settle the 
dowry question before they take part in such a ceremony. 

Another aspect of marriage in Kenya is that of polygamy. This 
at first was a very new problem to Americans. As we examine this 
issue, we find it has the same questions and problems as divorce 
and remarriage in America. When a Kenyan man tires of his first 
wife, he then simply finds another wife not bothering with divorce- 
ment. The first wife is usually ignored and sometimes treated harshly 
She may try to find another man to provide for her. If a Kenyan 
woman tires of her marriage, she might simply leave her husband 
for another either taking or not taking the children with her. Many 
children in Kenya are raised by someone other than their natural 
parents. Of course, it is difficult for a woman to leave a bad situa- 
tion if a dowry has been paid for her. 

Is this different than America? Many children are raised by 
someone other than their natural parents. Many couples are not 
living with the one with whom they first made a vow. The teaching 



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is the same. You must either live with your first spouse or live a 
single life. If your first spouse has another first partner you must 
live a single life. You have a responsibility to all children that you 
have fathered or conceived. It is adultery to marry someone who 
has had a first spouse. 

One might think that it could be difficult to find people that are in 
an acceptable marital state to be church members. With these 
thoughts in mind we asked these five questions of applicants for 
baptism to determine acceptable marital status. Are you married 
now? Have you been married to anyone else in the past? Do you 
have children from past partners? Has your spouse been married 
to someone else in the past? Does your spouse have children from 
past partners? After sorting through answers to these questions 
we were pleasantly surprised to find only one person to deny bap- 
tism because of their marital status. The ministers or teachers at 
each church had been effective in their teaching. A majority of 
individuals were found in a proper marital state. Others simply left 
and a strong few took steps to correct their situation and were ready 
to make the difficult vow of remaining single for most likely the rest 
of their lives. 

There is another curious custom in Kenya that a young person 
should not marry someone from within their local church. They 
should select a spouse from a sister church because it is like mar- 
rying your brother if you marry within your local church. If you de- 
sire a spouse from your home church you should first move to an- 
other town then you may begin courtship properly 

From the beginning, marriage has been a divine plan from God. 
It is an example of how the relationship between Christ and the 
church should be. But as always, man is ceaseless in devising 
ways to sin and call it holy. Fathers, teach your children of God's 
plan for marriage to keep themselves pure until then, to consider a 
mate prayerfully and then give them away freely as God has given 
to us. 

God's Peace 
Brother Tim Scofield 



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A message to the Sisters, 

"With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander 
from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I 
might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, Lord: teach me my 
statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. 
I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. 
I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will 
delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word." Psalm 1 19:10- 
16. 

Half of you have been baptized and half of you will be baptized 
in a couple of weeks. This is a very important step. You are saying 
that you believe the Word of God in truth. You are saying that you 
want to live according to God's Word. You are making a promise to 
God. You are also making a promise to the church. You are prom- 
ising to live by God's Word as taught by the Dunkard Brethren 
Church. With your whole heart you have sought God. You will not 
forget His Word. 

Now, Sisters, we have been studying God's Word together for a 
long time. We have been learning the beliefs of the Dunkard Breth- 
ren Church. Let me ask you this: Why are you wearing scarves? 
Where are your coverings? Where are the ribbons for your cover- 
ings? Why are you not dressing modestly, as you have been taught? 
Why do you not come to all the meetings? Why is there back biting 
between ourselves and toward our leaders? The list goes on and 
on. 

"And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit 
before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not 
do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart 
goeth after their covetousness. And, lo, thou art unto them as a 
very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play 
well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them 
not." Ezekiel 33:31-32. 

So, Sisters, you come here on Wednesdays. You go to church 
on Sundays. You listen to God's Word. You say you believe this is 
the truth and you want to live by God's truth. But, when you leave 
here you do as you want. You hear the words, but you do not do 
them. You are lying to me. You are lying to the church. You are lying 



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to God. You are not keeping your promise. 

"And if ye call on the Father who without respect of persons 
judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your so- 
journing here in fear: Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not re- 
deemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain 
conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the 
precious blood of Christ , as of a lamb without blemish and without 
spot: Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, 
but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by him do believe 
in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that 
your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your 
souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of 
the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fer- 
vently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorrupt- 
ible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever." I Peter 
1:17-23. 

We are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. It does not 
stop there. We are purified by obeying the truth through the Spirit. 
Once again, if we say we believe the truth and do not obey it we are 
lying. We all know the beliefs of our church. Why are we not obey- 
ing? We have some leaders in our women's group who are not 
obeying the teachings of God's Word and the church. It says in our 
polity book that all our leaders must observe and teach faithfully the 
beliefs of the church. This goes for our women leaders as well as 
our pastors. So I must say to our Sisters in leadership that they 
must decide to follow our teachings or they must step down. 

"And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his com- 
mandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his com- 
mandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth 
his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we 
that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself 
also so to walk, even as he walked." I John 2:3-6. 

How do we know if we are a child of God? We keep His com- 
mandments. A saying I really like is "If you are going to talk the talk, 
walk the walk." Or, as a dear brother in the Lord says, "Do not roll 
the dice, if you cannot pay the price." Do not say you love the Lord 
and believe His Word is true if you are not willing to pay the price 



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and walk the walk. God has put the church in authority over us. To 
not obey our church leaders or to cause division in our church 
through disobedience, even if you are a church leader, is a sin be- 
fore God. Let us not stand before our God as a liar. We know 
where liars will spend eternity. 

"Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may 
have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into 
the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, 
and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a 
lie." Revelation 22:14-15. 

Dear Sisters, let us not be found liars before our Lord. It hurts 
me very much to say, but if you cannot keep your promise to God 
and to the church, then you should find a church where you can. 
There are a lot of churches around that have much easier beliefs. 
Do not stay in the Dunkard Brethren Church and cause division 
with your lies. 

"Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus 
Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh 
disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us." II 
Thessalonians 3:6. 

My prayer is that we will respect God and respect His authority 
over us, in the church. May we be in unity as a church. Not being 
ashamed of following our Lord. No more scarves, small coverings, 
immodest dress, back biting. May we walk worthy of God, who has 
called us unto His kingdom and glory. (I Thessalonians 2:1 1 -1 2) 

From a Wednesday Women's Meeting 
Love in Christ Jesus, 
Sister Terry Scofield 

Brothers, 

Well, in all the last minute excitement, I accidentally packed my 
poem in a trunk, and it's in the back of the van somewhere. So, next 
month I will have two articles in here. 

In Christ, 

Brother William Scofield 

I DON'T UNDERSTAND 

While living in Kenya I have noticed that some people say things 



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backwards or all together different than in the United States of 
America. Here is a list of things I have heard people say here. 



Kenya Way 


Translation 


it is finished 


it is all gone 


I will alight here 


drop me off here 


I am not getting you 


I don't understand 


boycow 


cowboy 


ballgum 


gumball 


help me sweet 


give me candy 


foot ball 


soccer 


my dry cells have expired 


my batteries are dead 


nappie 


diaper 


foolscap 


full sized note book paper 


pilot 


driver 


spaner 


wrench 


crusade 


revival 


ground nuts 


peanuts 


snap 


photograph 


timber 


lumber 


oil 


shortening 


petrol 


gasoline 


iron sheets 


roofing tin 


paraffin 


kerosene 


cooking gas 


propane 


screw nails 


screws 


compacts 


cassette tapes 


graph 


checkers 




Brother Matthew Scofield 



TO KEEP OR NOT TO KEEP 

This is the last article while still in Kenya this time. We have 
been busy the last couple of months with baptisms. We have fin- 



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ished the ministers' seminars and the ministers were to be teaching 
their people. 

Therefore, they wanted us to do some baptizing before we left. 
We told them that we would not baptize just anyone. They would 
have to be tested to see if they understood the doctrine and were 
willing to keep it. So we designed a test to see if they understood. It 
consisted of fifteen questions. These were followed by personal 
instruction about the seriousness of a vow, submitting to the church, 
and being faithful until death. 

Part of the reason for all this was the verse in Matthew (Matt. 
23:15) "Woe unto you. ..for ye compass sea and land to make one 
proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the 
child of hell than yourselves " I had to think "Am I so desperate as 
this that I would baptize someone just to get them in, even though 
they may wither, or choke out when the doctrine gets hard?" 

We had a good number who passed the test: two from Ortum, 
seven from Chepkorniswa, six from Kaptilama, five from Chesabet, 
twelve from Kaplami and nineteen from Makatano. We did baptiz- 
ing in the churches, in groups of two churches at a time. 

Now my question is this: Are you keeping the vows that you 
have made? The Bible says, "Better not to make a vow, than to vow 
and not pay" Are you still "willing to conform to the teaching of the 
Scripture as understood by the church?" What about Matthew 1 8. 
"Are you willing to be governed by this Scripture in the adjustment 
of difficulties?" "Are you still willingly renouncing the devil with ALL 
the sinful pleasures and practices of this world?" Remember, you 
said that you "covenant with God through Jesus Christ to be faithful 
unto death!" 

Are you paying your vows or have you left your first love? If you 
are a member in name only, and are not functioning, you may be 
like an infected finger and need some help with cleaning and ban- 
daging with the Word and encouragement of others. However, if 
that's undesirable to you: once a finger is too far infected, you just 
cut it off. Think about it! What of your vows? To keep or not to 
keep? 

Yours in Christ, 

Brother Jeremiah Johnson 



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DO THEY HEAR? 

Here in Kenya, the women meet every Wednesday afternoon. 
They sew, or cook, or whatever, and fellowship. Then, when most 
have arrived, they have the formal meeting: singing, prayer, testi- 
monies, and so forth. Last of all is the teachings. These are given 
by the missionary sisters. 

Terry and I have taken turns with this task. We read from the 
Bible and talk about things relating to the women. We desire to see 
in them a real interest in what we are saying, acknowledging of 
failure in this area of their lives, and a will to improve. So often, it 
seems to me, they just sit there! I wonder, "Do they hear?" Are they 
thinking about the lesson or about what they will prepare for supper 
tonight? I have felt pretty discouraged at times. I have also felt 
more for the minister in his position, not just here, but at home. 

Finally, I heard God say, "Do it for me." I thought, "Yes, Lord, I 
will do this because I know what I am saying is right and true, and it 
pleases You." It is the job of the Holy Spirit to work in the hearts. 

Recently, I was thinking on this, when God spoke to me again. 
He said, "You feel so discouraged when you don't get a positive 
response to your teachings. But do you know how many times I 
have to speak to you before you hear? You are too busy to take 
time to really listen to Me." I was convicted. 

How about you? Do you grieve your ministers and teachers 
with your lack of interest and lack of improvement in your life? Do 
they have to wonder if you hear? But even more important than 
them: Do you grieve God? Does He have to ask, "Do they hear?" 

In Christ, 

Sister Debra Johnson 

GREETINGS FROM KENYA 

We left our home on October 8, flying to Washington, D.C. on to 
Paris and into Nairobi, arriving there at 8:40 P.M. on October 9. The 
Lord blessed us with a good and safe flight for which we are thank- 
ful. 

We stayed at the Mennonite guest house until October 1 3, when 



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we took the Scofields and Johnsons to the airport for their return 
home. The following day we started our eight hour drive to Makatano 
over the rough roads. We stopped at Nakuru and visited the Men- 
nonite Mission. Driving on we enjoyed the African scenery saw 
zebra and giraffe and tried to avoid the reckless drivers on the road. 

We were welcomed by our Christian friends here. We had ser- 
vices here at Makatano last Sunday and plan to go to Chesabet 
and Kaptilama churches next Sunday The following Sunday we 
plan to go to Chepkorniswa and Ortum. Even though some mem- 
bers have fallen from grace, we can sense good spiritual growth 
here at the Makatano church. We want to thank Brother and Sister 
Scofield and Brother and Sister Johnson for their wonderful service 
and work while here in Kenya. We praise the Lord for the results 
that have been attained over the past year. 

Our time has been spent so far seeking a better water supply 
for the natives and taking care of other business before our return 
home on November 6. 

Pray for us and the church here in Kenya that His Will might be 
accomplished. 

In Christian love, 

Brother Paul and Sister Mary Stump 

WHEN WE PRAY 

There has been much written about prayer. When all is said the 
half will still not be told. Prayer is the greatest privilege ever granted 
to man, and probably the most neglected. It is great because it is to 
our Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, and soon coming King. It reaches 
beyond space, and around the world faster than light, or radio waves. 
There are many great prayers in the Bible. These prayers were 
uttered by David, Solomon, and others. 

The prayer Jesus taught His disciples is the perfect outline for 
us to pray. It is the saints' prayer. It is not tailored for sinners. The 
sinners' prayer is "Lord be merciful to me a sinner." The sinner has 
not taken Jesus to be his Saviour. The sinner is not a child of the 
King, nor an heir with Christ. Therefore he cannot address God as 



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his Father. The sinner is not ready for God's kingdom to come. He 
cannot covenant with God to forgive his sins, until he forgives oth- 
ers. 

This prayer is short but all inclusive. It may be divided into three 
parts. (1) Recognize, and honor the Commander in Chief, Jesus. It 
honors our Heavenly Father by inviting His kingdom to the earth, 
and by asking that His will to be done in us. (2) We consult Him for 
our needs spiritually, physically, and financially (3) We honor Him 
as the great l-AM forever. 

In part one. In our first address we begin by praising the Lamb 
of God. This is very important. Man was made to praise God. 
Praise is comely. David's slogan was "I will praise thee, praise shall 
be continually in my mouth." Please read Psalms 147-150. Every- 
thing of God's creation is called upon to praise God. I believe the 
elements praise God more than the people. Every blessing must 
be praised. I am now more thankful for one half of one eye, than I 
was for two good eyes. Praising God is more than a casual thank 
you. Anyone who takes praise for themselves is robbing God. Have 
not we had enough of man's names being exalted? Man's frail 
names come, and go, and are forgotten. God's name is the same 
now and forever. His ways change not. 

Thy kingdom come. His kingdom is in the hearts of men. God's 
Holy Spirit must live and dwell in the hearts of men else their fruits 
will be sour. God must have a clean heart to put in His good, sweet, 
Holy Spirit. God will not put His clean, Holy Spirit in a dirty vessel! 
That is why we say, "Thy will be done IN earth." We are earthen 
vessels. His will is to be done IN our hearts else we are under the 
law and without justification. God's will, will be done IN earth as it is 
in Heaven, when all things are renovated and clean. What a glori- 
ous change! The challenge for us is for His will to be done within 
our utmost desires. When these features are genuine, our fruit will 
verify it. This marks Christian growth. God's will, will be done in 
earth as in Heaven when Satan is forever removed. OH!! What 
glorious things to ask for. What a glorious time to live for. 

Part two. In this part, we pour out our daily needs spiritually, 
and physically God is concerned with all our needs, both small and 
great, for ourselves and others, even our animals. This is an outline 



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of personal distresses, desires, and needs. These are many, far 
reaching, and important. 

This is the place for heart searching confessions, and repen- 
tance. Here we contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints. 
We search, and contend for pure hearts, clean minds, and right 
spirits, as God sees us. David asks God to search his heart. David 
realized God knew how. David was to meet God's standards. Are 
you afraid to have God to search your heart and reveal what He 
finds there? There are no secrets hidden from God. 

Have we forgiven all offenders? Have we made our offenses 
right? We expect to be forgiven, but that is on the condition of how 
we forgive our debtors. Time healed offenses are not acceptable 
with God nor trusted by man. Forgiving is giving up the right to hurt 
those who hurt you. In all this there will be temptations to justify 
ourselves, but remember God has the true record. 

God allows these things to come before us to prove us. Victo- 
ries bring blessings. We cannot have victory without a battle. Jesus 
was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the Devil. 
Satan did not lead Him there. Christ was never led of the Devil. 
When we ask to not be led into temptation it means that He would 
not lead us into temptation that we cannot handle. He has prom- 
ised not to do that, but with the temptation He will make a way of 
escape. What better can we ask for? 

We are immediately instructed to PRAY, "deliver us from evil." 
Here is an opportunity to elaborate, and praise Christ for the soul- 
delivering, shed, blood of Jesus on the cross. This outline for our 
secret closet can easily consume a half hour, or much longer. 

The last part of this Christ given prayer becomes more holy as 
we honor Him as the kingdom, power, and glory being His FOR- 
EVER. This is like entering the Holy of Holies. We acknowledge 
the power, and authority by which prayer is answered. This king- 
dom, power, and glory are truly thine. Our souls cry for it to come 
soon, and take us out of Satan's evil mess here on earth. 

Then we seal it all by AMEN, "Amen," means: let it so be God. 
When we say, "Amen" it is a serious thought with which we have 
sealed ourselves. 



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May God bless all with His Holy anointing and may a hush of 
silence be over the whole earth. 

Love to all, 
Homer Mellott 

HONORTOWHOM HONOR IS DUE 

Romans 1 3:7, "Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom 
tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to 
whom honor." 

Some time back we became curious about the origin of the 
Christian flag which is displayed in many churches. Our research, 
with the help of two individuals who answered our inquiries on this 
subject, provided us with some very interesting information which 
we would like to share and comment on. 

One piece of information that we found to be of interest is that 
many religions and churches have their own flags. The Episcopal 
Church and the Roman Catholic Church appear to be the most 
prominent in this practice among the recognized Christian churches. 

Perhaps the most interesting information we gleaned from our 
study was that there are two flags recognized as official Christian 
flags. The one group is known as the European flags. Apparently 
there is a variety of designs associated with this type of Christian 
flag. European flags originated in the flags carried by the Crusad- 
ers to the Holy Land. 

The most common Christian flag displayed in American 
churches was designed in 1 897 by Charles Carlton Overton, a Sun- 
day School superintendent in New York state. There seems to be 
no known link between this flag and the American flag since many 
churches display both together. 

We find the instructions for the display of the American and 
Christian flag in a worship service to be of great interest. "Beside a 
speaker, put the (American) flag in the position of honor on the 
person's right. At a religious service, the (American) flag should go 
to the right of the minister, priest or rabbi." 

A pledge of allegiance is sometimes used in church services to 



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both the American and Christian flags. The pledge to the Christian 
flag reads, "I pledge allegiance to the Christian flag, and to the Sav- 
ior for whose Kingdom it stands; one brotherhood, uniting all man- 
kind in service and love" 

The American flag is symbolic of our nation and those who are 
elected to represent it. The Christian flag, is supposedly symbolic 
of the Kingdom of Christ and those who worship Him. 

We find several difficulties with displaying either the so called 
Christian flag or the American flag in a church building (which we 
have traditionally called Meetinghouses). For a start, either the 
accepted position for the American flag, in the position of honor, 
must be ignored, which would designate a type of rebellion, or the 
honor for country would supersede the honor for God. 

Secondly, displaying the Christian and American flag in a church 
building together is a reminder that church and state are bound 
together. While those who display both flags would usually deny 
this, the fact remains that most who display Christian and national 
flags believe and teach that it is not only right, but important, that 
Christians be politically active and willing to "take up the sword" for 
a national cause. 

A third concern would be that the pledge to the Christian flag 
sounds very ecumenical. While it is probable that many who dis- 
play the Christian flag would not repeat the pledge, the two would 
seem to go together. 

If there is one teaching that is very clear in Holy Scripture it is 
that God will not share His honor with anyone or anything, much 
less allow something to be put above Him. How then are we to 
understand Romans 13:7? We believe this teaches very clearly 
that we are to respect those who have governmental authority over 
us. If we cant respect their actions we must still respect their office. 
We believe this means that we must also respect the flag which is 
symbolic of this authority. We can not worship the flag nor those it 
represents. Down through the ages of history many governmental 
authorities believed themselves to be gods. Today many put hu- 
man government on the same plane as the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Let us give honor to whom honor is due and worship to whom 



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worship is due. Let us not try to join the two together. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 



ON THANKSGIVING 

Lord, we thank Thee for our blessin's 
Since last Thanksgivin' day... 
Though dusty was the summer, 
And small the crop of hay... 
Our son, he got the measles, 
And our baby passed away... 

Seems to make our hearts more grateful 
For other blessin's down our way. 

Yes, we thank Thee for our blessin's 
Since last Thanksgiving day... 
The rain that came this autumn 
Soon caused the dust to lay... 
Our son, he's doin' finely 
'Nother baby on the way... 
Must'ave sent it here to heal 
The hurt of one beneath the clay. 

Well, we thank Thee for our blessin's 
On this fine Thanksgivin' day... 
Even thank Thee for the blessin's 
In disguise, as some would say... 
'Cause we know that all those trials 
Sure do teach us, day by day, 



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Evermore to love and trust Thee 

Since our last Thanksgivin' day. 

Sister Arlene Stamy 
P.O. Box 74 
Hasty, CO 81044 

GOSSIP REVISITED 

"But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of 
deadly poison." James 3:8. 

We write these things today because we have both seen and 
experienced first hand the pain inflicted by an unruly tongue. Not 
only that, but in the past we, too, have been guilty of spreading this 
vile poison. It is no accident that yearly, in the February MONITOR, 
the article on GOSSIP, BOTH VERBAL and BY MAIL, is repeated. 
Remember to read it carefully next time. 

We write this because recently we heard a tid-bit about another 
of our congregations by a non-member. It was done in such a way 
as to mock our church and its work for Christ. The only way a non- 
member would have heard this news is from a member. The only 
way anyone hears news about us is FROM US. Let us covenant 
this day before God to STOP this ungodly GOSSIP before it gets 
started, and to keep our business to ourselves. 

We must look ahead when gossip is present and anticipate the 
damage that could be done, both to our church and to ourselves. 
Then we must say, "It stops here. It will go no further." If you hear 
something bad about someone, particularly a fellow church mem- 
ber, remember: "It stops here. It will go no further." We are either a 
part of the solution, or we are a part of the problem. 

I was talking to an Amishman many years ago concerning a 
local church problem (not our own) that had been written up in the 
newspaper. I asked him his opinion. He replied, "We have all we 
can do dealing with our own problems than to worry about some- 
one else's." Good advice. 

Let us ask God's help in dealing with our tongues. If we love 
our church, let us covenant with God and with each other that we 






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will keep our problems within our boundaries and not let them es- 
cape. Some will tell others our business "as a matter of prayer," but 
those outside our number who rise up and say, "I told you so," use 
the information to feed upon us. So before you speak, please think. 
Even to those of us who at one time thought that it was for the good 
of the church to share a piece of information, think again. If you 
hear something bad about so-and-so, do not tell anyone else about 
it. But if you hear about so-and-so more than once from different 
sources, then go to so-and-so, not someone else. Explain what 
you have heard (though not from whom), and express your con- 
cern. Remember that so-and-so does not owe you an explanation. 

The first step to a clean tongue is a clean heart. Busybodies in 
other men's matters must get their hearts right. We can do a lot of 
good if our attitudes toward our fellow believers are good ones. May 
God help us to say, "Yay, yay, and nay nay," and nothing more, when 
it comes to our earthly business. 

"Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? 
let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness 
of wisdom." James 3:13. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

MOTHER SHIPTON'S PROPHECY 

This wonderful forecast in poetic form was written by Mother 
Shipton who died at Clifton, Yorkshire, England in 1449. Some of 
the things mentioned were scarcely even thought offer hundreds of 
years, and others have been fulfilled only recently 

A carriage without horses shall go, 
Disaster filled the world with woe: 
In London Primrose Hill shall be, 
Its center hold a Bishop's See. 
Around the world men's thots shall fly, 
Quick as the twinkling of an eye. 



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And Waters shall great wonder do — 
How strange, and yet it shall come true. 
Then upside down the world shall be 
And gold found at the root of tree; 
Thro' towering hills proud men shall ride, 
No horse or ass move by his side. 

Beneath the water men shall walk; 
Shall ride, shall sleep, and even talk; 
And in the air men shall be seen, 
In white, in black as well as green. 
A great man then shall come and go, 
For prophecy declares it so. 

In water iron then shall float 

As easy as a wooden boat. 

Gold shall be found in stream or stone, 

In land that is as yet unknown. 

Water and fire shall wonders do, 

And England shall admit a Jew. 

The Jews that once were held in scorn, 
Shall of a Christian then be born. 
A house of glass shall come to pass 
In England — but alas, alas. 
A war will follow with the work, 
Where dwells the pagan and the Turk. 

The states will lock in fiercest strife 
And seek to take each other's life; 
When North shall thus divide the South 
The eagle builds in lion's mouth. 
Then tax and blood and cruel war 



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Shall come to every humble door. 

Three times shall lovely, sunny France 
Be led to play a bloody dance; 
Before the people shall be free, 
Three tyrant rulers shall she see; 
Three rulers in succession be — 
Each sprung from a different dynasty. 

Then when the fiercest fight is done, 
England and France shall be one. 
The British olive next shall twine 
In marriage with the German vine. 
Men walk beneath and over streams- 
Fulfilled shall be our strongest dreams. 

All England's sons that plow the land 
Shall oft be seen with Book in hand. 
The poor shall now most wisdom know, 
And water wind where corn doth grow; 
Great houses stand in far-flung vale 
All covered o'erwith snow and hail. 

And now a word in uncouth rhyme, 
Of what shall be in future time: 
For in those wondrous far-off days 
The women shall adopt a craze 
To dress like men and trousers wear, 
And cut off all their locks of hair. 

They'll ride astride with brazen brow, 
As witches do on broomsticks now. 
Then love shall die and marriage cease, 



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And nations wane as babes decrease. 
And wives shall fondle cats and dogs, 
And men live much the same as hogs. 

In nineteen hundred twenty six, 
Build houses light of straw and sticks, 
For then shall mighty wars be planned, 
And fire and sword shall sweep the land. 
But those who live the century through, 
In fear and trembling this will do: 

Flee to the mountains and the dens, 
To bog and forest and wild fens — 
For storms shall rage and oceans roar, 
When Gabriel stands on sea and shore; 
And as he blows his wondrous horn, 
Old worlds shall die and new be born. 

Selected by Brother James Kegerreis 

MEETING NOTICES 

November 1-8 - Revival Meeting, Mohlers, Mechanicsburg, Penn- 
sylvania 

November 15 - Harvest Meeting, Plevna, Indiana 

LOVEFEAST NOTICES 

November 7 - Pleasant Home, California 

November 8 - Lititz, Pennsylvania 

November 8 - Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania 

NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 
The address of Bro. Harley Rush has changed to: Millers Merry 



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Manor, 317 Blair Pike, Room 50, Peru, IN 46970. His telephone 
number is: 765-473-4919. 

THANKYOU 

Thanks to all who have remembered us with prayers, visits, mail 
and so forth. It is deeply appreciated. 

Brother Harley and Sister lona Rush 
THANKYOU 
To our Church family and friends, 

Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation for all acts of kindness 
shown to us to make our 50th Wedding Anniversary such a special 
day! 

The many cards were beautiful and the notes and letters inside 
were so special to us. 

We had such a great time remembering all the happy times we 
spent with each of you. 

May God bless everyone. 

Our Love to All, 

Brother Hayes and Sister Mary Reed 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR DECEMBER 

1998 

December 6 - A Generation That Knew Not the Lord - Judges 2:1 - 
10. 

1 . How did seeing all the great works that God did for Israel 
affect the people's service to God? 

2. Why did there arise another generation that knew not the 
Lord? 

December 13 - A Legacy Forsaken - Judges 2:1 1-23. 

1. Explain the phrase, "The hand of the Lord was against 
them for evil." 

2. Why did not the Lord drive out the inhabitants of the land 
which Joshua left when he died? 



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December 20 - The Birth of Christ - Matthew 1 : 18-2: 15. 

1 . Why was Joseph told to name the child Jesus? 

2. Why were the wise men from the east seeking the King of 
the Jews? 

December 27- Forgiveness- Matthew 6:1 2-1 5, Matthew 18:21-35. 

1 . Why will God not forgive us if we refuse to forgive others? 

2. Why must we forgive from our hearts? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
DECEMBER 1998 

December 6 -True Safety- Psalm 91:1-16, Prov. 3:21-26. 

1 . Where can true safety be found? 

2. What conditions must we meet in order to be given God's 
protection? 

December 13 - Divinity of Christ - Luke 22:69-70, John 10:1-42. 

1 . What is the meaning of Divinity? 

2. How important is it for us to believe in the Divinity of Christ? 

December 20 - The Birth of Christ - Matt. 1 :1 8-25, Matt. 2:1 -1 1 . 

1. How important is it for us to believe in the virgin birth of 
Christ? 

2. How is it that the Chief Priests and scribes knew where 
Christ would be born, but the wise men did not? 

December 27 - The Touch of Christ - Matt. 8: 1 -4, 1 4-1 5, Mark 7:31 - 
37. 

1 . Why does the touch of Christ have such power? 

2. In what ways does Christ touch us today? 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel.lA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C.Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 
1138E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Ronald Marks, Secretary 
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Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1 734 240th Street 
Adel, I A 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbo!d,OH 43502 

Mariin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515) 993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517) 458-6535 



Virgil Leatherman 
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Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717) 359-5753 

Paul Nell 

Woodland Drive 

R6 Box 6119 

Spring Grove.PA 17403-9489 

(717) 225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Mariin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar.MO 64078 

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VOL. LXXVI 



DECEMBER 1998 



NO. 12 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THOU DIDST LEAVETHYTHRONE 

Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown, 

When Thou earnest to earth for me; 

But in Bethlehem's home there was found no room For Thy holy Nativity. 

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee. 

Heaven's arches rang when the angels sang, 

Proclaiming Thy royal degree; 

But in lowly birth didst Thou come to earth, And in great humility. 

O come to my heart Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee. 

The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest 

In the shade of the forest tree, 

But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God, In the deserts of Galilee. 

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee. 

Thou cam'st, O Lord, with the living word 

Tat should set Thy people free; 

But with mocking scorn, and with crown of thorn, They bore Thee to Calvary. 

O come to my heart, Lord Jesus, There is room in my heart for Thee. 

When heaven's arches shall ring and her choir shall sing 

At Thy coming to victory, 

Let Thy voice call me home, saying, "Yet there is room, There is room at my 

side for thee!" 

And my heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus, When Thou comest and callest for 

me. 

-Emily E. S. Elliott 



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THE COMMON BECOMES SPECIAL 

The common objects of life receive little notice. Common, ev- 
eryday things do not get our attention or praise. We take them for 
granted. They are there for our use. We do not give them much 
thought unless they are not where we expect them to be or they are 
broken. We miss them when they are not available, but otherwise 
we do not think much about them. They are unnoticed yet so im- 
portant. 

The most common coin is the penny. They are so common that 
we almost wish not to bother with them. Even so, if pennies are 
saved they can soon become dollars and be used to purchase some 
desired item. To see how the common penny can turn into a for- 
tune try the following plan. Lay aside one penny the first day of a 
month, on the second day lay aside two pennies; on the third day 
lay aside four pennies, continue to double the number laid aside 
each day throughout the month. On the thirtieth day when all these 
pennies have accumulated you will have over ten million dollars. 
So a common penny added to other common pennies can add up 
to a significant amount. 

Just as common pennies can make a fortune, God has used 
the common things of this life to His glory and honor. God uses the 
things that men often dispise to accomplish His special purposes. 
This is evident in the sending of His Son to the Earth. 

The birth of Jesus has many touches of the common. The Jews 

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had been expecting their Messiah for hundreds of years. He came, 
but they did not recognize Him, because He did not come as a 
great, popular leader, as they had expected. There were no trap- 
pings of greatness or royalty that surrounded Him, so they rejected 
Jesus as their Messiah. 

Rather than coming as a full-grown, military or political leader, 
He appeared as baby. He was not born in a palace in Jerusalem as 
might have been expected. He was born in a stable in the little town 
of Bethlehem. He was laid in a manger, rather than a prince's bed. 

His mother was a descendant of David, but of a line that was 
not royal. She was a willing handmaiden for God's purposes. She, 
like Joseph, was of the common people. The journey from Nazareth 
to Bethlehem had been made upon a donkey. The journey had not 
been a pleasure trip but one of necessity. The outward necessity 
was the emperor's degree, the real necessity was the fulfillment of 
God's prophetic decree. 

The first to whom the birth was announced was not the King or 
the religious leaders of the land, but to the lowly shepherds. The 
shepherds were the first to see the babe who would grow up to be 
the Good Shepherd. Their worship indicated that this child had 
come for the benefit of all who would seek Him. 

The shepherds became the first ministers of the Good News as 
they spoke of Whom they had seen. They were common people 
who could speak to other common people. This has always been 
the most successful method of sharing the gospel. Common people 
will more readily share the gospel with each other than will the pow- 
erful, the educated, the famous or the talented. A sincere heart will 
convey more truth than all the learned devices of men. 

Jesus continued to be identified with the common people 
throughout His earthly ministry. He called fishermen, tax gather- 
ers, and trouble makers to be His disciples. He quietly traveled 
through the land. He did not own land or a house. He usually 
walked or sailed in a small fishing boat. When he did ride it was 
upon a lowly donkey. Although He was a Heavenly King, their Mes- 
siah, He appeared as the poorest, meekest, and lowliest of all. He 
did not dispise the common people as the religious leaders of Is- 
rael did. He called the little children to come to Him, rather than 



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sending them away. He knew the leaders would reject Him, but the 
common people would respond. Here He could build His Church. 
It was not among the rich, powerful or educated, it was among the 
lowly, common people. 

The common objects of life were made special when they were 
associated with Jesus. He would die upon a cross fashioned of 
common wood. His body would lie in a burial cave. He would show 
Himself to His disciples in a borrowed upper room. There was noth- 
ing fancy nor decorative that surrounded His life and ministry. 

He brought a plain message, "Ye must be born again". He es- 
tablished a common faith for all who would accept and follow Him. 

Will you hear Him calling you to accept that which is plain, com- 
mon and simple? Will you believe that the Babe laid in Bethlehem's 
manger is the Son of God, who came to seek and to save that 
which was lost? 

M.C.Cook 



UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN 

Isaiah 9:6, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: 
and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall 
be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting 
Father, The Prince of Peace." 

Once again we have come to that time of the year when the 
birth of Jesus Christ is emphasized throughout this nation and in 
many parts of the world. This can be seen in a positive light if we 
consider that many are drawn to think of the only real hope for 
mankind. The negative side of this is that most will put the major 
emphasis on the giving of gifts to one another. At the same time, 
many will be willing to share the prominent place Jesus Christ is 
said to have at this time of the year with another. In fact, Santa 
Claus seems to increasingly be taking the center stage in this cel- 
ebration. 

It is sad that comparatively few are really aware of the truth 
about the birth of Christ. The repetition of Scriptures such as our 
opening verse seems to take away from, rather than add to, the 



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significance of the Holy event. 

Few take the time to stop and analyze what the Holy Scriptures 
are saying. Placing all the negatives in their perspective place, we 
desire to take a positive look at our topic. 

Who is the "us" to whom a son is given? Initially the "us" was 
the nation of Israel. It is sad that even today the modern Jews await 
the fulfillment of this Scripture. Like their forefathers in the New 
Testament, they reject the Messiah that was given unto them in 
fulfillment of prophecy. The Scriptures make it clear that the "us" is 
not limited to the Jewish race but also includes the Gentiles. In one 
sense, this is all who are not Jews. This Son was given for all 
mankind. We believe we have cause for special rejoicing when we 
realize that the "us" also includes, and gives a special place to, the 
Church made up of converted Jews and Gentiles. 

Who was this son that was given? While the prophecy given 
uses a small "s" to designate "son" we are fully persuaded that a 
capital "S" is part of the fulfillment. Very few would quarrel with this 
interpretation. Even Jewish scholars declare that this verse speaks 
of the coming Messiah. So called higher criticism and other mod- 
ern theological schools have taken away the glorious truth given 
unto us by denying who was given. This refers to the Son of God 
who is also God the Son. The earthly name given Him was Jesus. 
He was the Christos (anointed). Thus, He was often referred to as 
Jesus Christ. 

While there are many mysteries concerning the conception of 
Jesus Christ, we can be fully persuaded that it occurred in exactly 
the way that the Holy Scriptures reveal it. To take away what is 
commonly referred to as the "virgin birth" is to destroy the only hope 
for mankind. 

Why was the son given? This question has at least two pos- 
sible answers. First of all, a Son was given to fulfill prophecy. The 
greatest assurance that we have that the Bible is the Word of God 
is fulfilled prophecy. The vast majority of prophetic utterances in 
Holy Scripture are in reference to Jesus Christ. It would be impos- 
sible for a man to twist events to make many of the prophecies refer 
to him, as some have accused the Lord Jesus Christ of doing. This 
is especially true of the prophecies that related to His birth. 



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Secondly, a Son was given to redeem mankind from their sins. 
Jesus Christ is the propitiation for our sins. The sacrifice of animals 
was symbolic of the perfect sacrifice that was to come. Modern, 
liberal, theologians deny the need for such a sacrifice. They are at 
odds with God from the account of the birth of Christ to His sacrifi- 
cial death and then deny the resurrection. While a Son was given 
at the birth of Jesus, a much greater gift was given on the cross. 
"And he is the propitiation for our sins: (the sins of the elect), and 
not ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." I John 2:2. 

Whether or not you observe Christmas, take the time to thank 
God for the birth of His Son who came to be our Savior and Lord. 

If this gift is not something you have personally, God is waiting 
to bestow it upon you, as the Holy Spirit brings conviction. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 



DID SHE KNOW 

When I think about the birth 
Of our Savior on this earth, 
And I think about His mother, 
young and brave, 
Tender heart so full of joy 
As she rocked her baby boy, 
Did she know He'd come to die 
my soul to save? 

Did she know He'd rise triumphant 
o'er the grave? 

Like all other mothers do 
With a baby small and new, 
I can see her touching arms, 
and legs, and hands. 



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Tiny fingers, little toes, 

Dimpled cheeks and button nose, 

Could she see the cruel nailprints 

in His hands? 

Did she realize the greatness 

of God's plans? 

Singing softly, "rock-a-bye", 

How it hurt to hear Him cry, 

Day and night she gave her best 

for her dear Son. 

As He grew into a man, 

And fulfilled salvation's plan, 

Did she understand the victory 

that He won? 

Did she know how great the work 

that He had done? 

When I think about the birth 

Of our Savior on this earth, 

And of how his mother must have 

loved her Son, 

As upon the cross He died, 

And His mother prayed and cried, 

Did her mind turn back to years 

when he was young? 

Did she long to rock again 

her newborn son? 

-Sister Arlene Stamy 
P.O. Box 74 
Hasty, CO 81044 



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THE SINLESS SACRIFICE 

Clang! Clang! Clang! The sound of a hammer echoed through 
the air while everyone who heard it cringed. With each sound of 
iron meeting iron, eyes closed, knees bowed, and ears tried to block 
out the noise. Thoughts flashed through their minds like blinking 
lights. How could the soldiers be so cruel? Could they not see the 
love in His eyes? Were they so blind to think that they were doing 
the world a favor? The impossible was happening. The unbeliev- 
able act was here. 

And to think that He knew it was coming! He gave up His will for 
the will of His Father. "Not my will, but Thine be done!" He cried. He 
was willing... What's He saying? What's that? "Father, forgive them; 
for they know not what they do!" He's asking forgiveness for these 
soldiers?! He's showing compassion in this fatal moment - and 
actually praying for them! 

Another cry rings out above the storm. "It Is Finished!" Oh 
God, stop this. Let it not be true... Aahh! I see the light! My eyes 
are opened and I understand. He is dying for OUR sins.. .for MY 
sins. No more shall the High Priest offer sacrifices for our trans- 
gressions. Jesus has offered His blood as the perfect sinless sac- 
rifice! He has paid the price! 

The crowd is thinning now, and people are tearfully making their 
way back down the hill. But those who truly KNOW Him are still 
stuck in their positions. We chosen few who understand are taken 
aback as reality hits us. Our Savior is dead; but not forever! He 
lives on in our hearts, our souls; and encourages us to spread the 
word. 

Oh Lord, we praise You. We lift up Your name on this rain-splat- 
tered hillside. Thunder crashes, and lightning strikes; but we are 
unmoved. You are worthy of all glory deserving of our praise; may 
all honor and power be Yours, for Your kingdom is forever! 

Your body is being lowered, but still we stand. The Romans 
throw the iron nails into the mud with disgust, then turn and walk 
away I pick them up with care and lay them at the foot of the cross. 
Thank You Jesus! 

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and Savior is ALIVE! Death could not conquerYou; Satan has NO 
power; for now YOU hold the keys to death, hell, and the grave: You 
will reign Forever mo re! King of kings, and Lord of lords, Hallelujah, 
FOREVER, AMEN!!! 

Sister Allison Dutter 

KENYA NEWS 

(Our Eighth Mission Trip) 

We have just said our good-byes to our African Brethren and 
Sisters and Bro. Frank and Sis. Janet Shaffer. Farewell greetings 
were expressed with hugs, tears and words of encouragement. "We 
will miss you", "God bless you", "Pray for us", "We will pray for you", 
"Please come back", "Thank you for all you have done for us". These 
words have a tendency to draw us together and strengthen our love 
one to another. 

Now Frank, Janet, Hosea, Florence and James are on their 460 
kilometer drive over rough roads back to Kapenguria. We trust God 
will grant them safety along the way as they return to their homes. 

As we are waiting here in Nairobi for our departure time to re- 
turn to America, our minds seem to wander and reminisce over the 
past four years that we have been coming to Africa. What progress 
has been made? What have we accomplished? Shall we give up? 
Shall we continue on? Have we planted good seed that will bring 
forth a bountiful harvest? Have we been a true witness to the 
people? Is the church growing spiritually? Have we been a benefit 
to the natives here in Kenya? Have we met their needs? Has 
God's will been accomplished through our mission work here in 
Kenya? 

As our mind ponders over these and many other questions that 
could be asked, we would like to elaborate on a few of them. Yes, 
we feel progress has been made. We can see spiritual growth in 
the church. We feel a greater development of trust among and 
between us. The teaching concerning honesty has been accepted 
and practiced by more natives. The seeds that have been sown are 
beginning to bring forth results. The doctrine of our church has 
been accepted and is being taught by the pastors. We feel God's 



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will is being accomplished. We see a better organized church ser- 
vice being conducted. The people kneel in prayer, closing with the 
Lord's Prayer. They are singing out of Swahili song books and are 
reading their Bibles. We praise God for all these improvements. 

Some have been taken to the hospital for treatment. On three 
different occasions during our short stay here this time we took 
people to the hospital for treatment. One brother was running from 
robbers at night and fell in a hole and broke his leg. Another elderly 
man was found dehydrated almost to the point of death. Others 
have been given pain medicine and had minor wounds dressed. 
There is so much need for medical assistance. 

One of the great needs in Kenya is a good source of drinking 
water. The water is mostly fed from springs along the hillsides. As 
it runs down the hillsides, the cattle, goats and other animals walk 
through it and drink from it and it picks up other pollution such as 
human waste and so forth, fill it gets to the river where they get their 
drinking water. 

We tried to explain to the natives that we must tap into the 
sources of the water to get unpolluted water. We found the source, 
dug a hole for a reservoir, poured a cement wall, put a two inch pipe 
in it near the top, filled the hole with stones and covered it with 
maize stalks, banana leaves and dirt. At 2:10 P.M. on October 26 
as we were finishing our project, we saw the first stream of water 
running through the pipe. Now the people can fill their containers 
with good clean spring water at the rate of about five gallons per 
minute. The cost was about $35.00 and the people were so thank- 
ful for a good supply of water for that community. We have spotted 
a few other places where the same thing can be done. A larger 
water project is also being investigated to obtain good drinking water 
for the community. 

We felt the churches were in need of decent benches to sit on 
during services. Some benches were just merely tree limbs laid 
across a few stones. Bro. Gilbert made four benches each for five 
of the churches. Sunday, October 25, we loaded eight of the seven 
foot benches on top of the van and journeyed to the Chesabet 
Church for services. The Kaptilama Church also came to Chesabet. 
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evening making the roads very slippery and muddy. When we would 
approach very bad places with deep ruts filled with water and mud, 
Mary would cover her face and pray while I would maneuver the 
van on, also asking God to help us through. (You talk to God more 
often in Kenya) At one point we had to retrieve our spare tire which 
was released as we drug through the mud. 

On October 29, we met Bro. Frank and Sis. Janet Shaffer at the 
airport in Nairobi. After their two days traveling by air we immedi- 
ately took our journey to Kapenguria arriving at about 7:30 P.M. We 
enjoyed our one week stay with them, getting them acquainted with 
their new home and surroundings. 

On Saturday, October 31 we met for the second Lovefeast ser- 
vice held at Makutano. We enjoyed a wonderful service together 
with thirty nine surrounding the tables. Pray for the dear souls that 
they may fully understand the true meaning of these services and 
live true and faithful till the Lord calls them home. 

We want to thank all those who have served some time in Kenya, 
Bro. and Sis. Dale Jamison, Bro. Rudy Shaffer, Bro. and Sis. Verling 
Wolfe, Bro. and Sis. Tim Scofield and family and Bro. and Sis. 
Jeremiah Johnson and family, also Bro. and Sis. Frank E. Shaffer 
who are now serving time there. Let us remember them in prayer 
that God may use them to His Glory. 

In His service, 

Brother and Sister Paul Stump 

KENYA KNOTES 

Dear Ndugu Hosea, 

Greetings in Jesus' name from all the Brethren in the United 
States. Please give our greetings to Florence and Kenedy and 
Ishmeal and Josic and Gilbert and Alice and James and Imelda 
and Fred and all the Churches. You continue to be in our prayers 
and thoughts daily. 

We continue to be busy after returning to the states. At the 
request of the African Mission Board we presented slide pictures 
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Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Colorado. Many people 
are very interested in what is happening in Kenya. They are con- 
cerned about your water and food. Is there any danger from people 
fighting? They want to know if Satan is very strong there. Did any 
witch doctors threaten to kill us? I was asked if people in Kenya 
work hard and what kind of work they do. I was asked how they 
carry all that water on their heads. 

! told them how maize is just like corn, only less juicy and sweet 
but heavier. I told them that Kenyans eat all the maize. There is not 
any left to let cows or goats or sheep eat it. Many times people do 
not get enough maize either. In the United States we grow a lot of 
corn, but mostly cows, pigs, chickens and turkeys eat it. When 
traveling in Kansas I saw enough wheat piled on the ground to fill at 
least ten granaries like the one at Moi's Bridge. Not just the silos 
but the whole granary. It was piled on the ground because the 
harvest was good and there was nowhere else to put it. I believe 
people will eat most of the wheat. I explained to our brothers how 
many people boil their water to make sure it is safe. Terry could not 
show them how to put buckets on their heads. I told them that 
Kenyans were just like us; some work hard; some hardly work. We 
reported that we felt safe in Kenya. We heard no gunfire but we saw 
men with guns and helicopters. 

We related how Kenyans are still very tribalistic. Even though 
they are all black, they can tell what tribe a man is from by his 
appearance, his speech or his name. Our United States brothers 
were not surprised to hear of Satan working. They did not expect to 
hear that one of the ministers was well known to tell fortunes, proph- 
esy and place curses for pay. They were much encouraged to hear 
that there are many brothers and sisters not only willing to conform 
but understand the teaching of the scripture as understood by the 
church. They are glad to know that God has raised up those also 
who are able and eager to teach these principles as well. 

While in Pennsylvania, William, Matthew and a friend, Kendra 
Miller, were going in a car a few miles from church to Dean Miller's 
house where the church was gathering for dinner. They had a crash 
with another car. All received various amounts of cuts and bruises 
but none of them were broken or killed. The car was severely 



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mangled and counted as scrap. Truly the hand of the Lord was 
around them that afternoon. He spared our children. I feel truly 
and triply blessed. All are healing well and the Lord's work contin- 
ues! Hallelujah! Bwana Asifiwe Sona! Praise God! Amen! Amen! 

Our plans are to set up house very close to the McClave, Colo- 
rado Church. I will be mostly working as a carpenter with at least 
one of the brothers there. I will not use a plane or a panga (ma- 
chete) but I will use a hammer and saw and the sword of truth. 

I encourage you to pray that the work of the Lord through the 
Dunkard Church will continue to grow in Kenya. Hold on tight to 
those things we learned together. May the Spirit of the Lord come 
down and continue to work in Kenya. 

God's Peace, 
Brother Tim Scofield 

Greetings in the name of our Lord, 

It is so nice to be home with friends and loved ones. We en- 
joyed having Kenya as our home for ten months. We greatly en- 
joyed the work and the people. A part of our heart will always be in 
Kenya. The Lord willing we will return someday. They are a people 
in much need of your love and support. 

We want to thank each and everyone of you for your love and 
support during our stay in Kenya. Thank you so much for all the 
cards, telephone calls, letters and gifts. To know we were thought 
of and prayed for daily meant so much to us. We truly felt the hands 
of the saints lifting us before our Heavenly Father. 

What a joy to daily work at serving our Lord and His people. We 
encourage you to remember the work in Kenya. Continue to pray 
daily for the people. Remember also in prayer the laborers who are 
there and that others be lead to go into the fields. So many bless- 
ings await you when you serve our Lord, whither in Kenya or at 
home. May these blessings be yours. God be with you. 

Love in Christ Jesus, 
Sister Terry Scofield 



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I CANT BELIEVE IT 

Yes, i can't believe it! Where is Timothy Scofield? Jeremiah is 
nowhere to be seen. Matthew and William are out of my sight. 
Terry and Debra are vanished. Shall I ever meet them again? God 
knows. I have been left in a terrible situation. I am confused in a 
mixture of disbelief, fear and panic. My body is paralyzed in amaze- 
ment and worries. With my mouth agape and my eyes wide open 
with tears of sorrow flowing down my cheeks. I wonder. Hosanna, 
my little sister is gone. What can I do? My heart is heavy, over- 
loaded with a rock of grief and lamentation. I am covered by a 
cloud of pain and my humanity is being harassed by wiles of lone- 
liness. Will I tolerate these conditions. I can't believe it. 

My dearest brethren, my best friends, my beloved sisters and 
brothers, and my good parents, all of them have been banished. I 
have become an orphan chap. I am being disciplined by a terrible 
shock of their departure. My dear God, help me. They have left a 
very big wound in our hearts. The tenth of October 1 998 is a day to 
be commemorated by us. It is a day that many drops of tears show- 
ered down my cheeks. We had just finished our supper now we 
were staring at our Brethren for the last minute. We shall never 
forget all that they did for us. They supported us in many ways, both 
spiritually and materially. They co-operated with us. We talked and 
ate together as brothers and sisters. Our sisters benefited a lot 
from Terry and Debra. Surely it is bitter and rather painful to miss 
such servants of God in Africa. If I may mean to talk much about 
these dear friends from America, I would need the whole booklet of 
the Bible Monitor to narrate all about them. 

However we are praying for them and all that are concerned 
with the spreading of the Word of God in Africa. I believe one of 
these fine days I will visit America and try to do what Tim did in 
Africa. Jeremiah, I am remembering you so much in prayers, wait- 
ing patiently on that material day of the month of January. I hope to 
rejoice and dine with you once again. Debra and Terry may God 
bless you throughout your gestation periods. William and Matthew 
continue being strong in the Lord as we look forward to meeting 
again. BrotherTim Scofield may the Lord God, King of kings, bless 
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from our everlasting God. If power were in my hands, I would have 
made all efforts to ensure your continuos stay in Kenya. Although 
you've gone, we still need all of you back in Kenya to continue teach- 
ing and giving us much of the Spiritual food and enlighten us more 
about the Word of God. 

May the Lord God of peace be with you all as we wait on His 
return. 

THE SONG OF MUSUMBA 

Friends are precious very precious 

They are the best of all gifts that one can ever have. 

Nothing material can take the place 

Of the comradeship between you and I. 

Genuine friendship has no jealousy nor pride 
It has no envy and no lies 
It has no room for loneliness or pain 
Because it is based on love, based on love. 

The charity of Tim and Jeremiah is wonderful 
That of Terry and Debra is sweet. 
The one of William and Matthew is interesting 
For always has been and forever will be our guide. 

Their light has shown in Africa 
They have shown us the way to the Kingdom. 
And challenge can never alter the course 
Of goals we've all set for our lives. 

Our motto as stated is vital 
Scriptural in life and scriptural in practice. 
Has always led to success to them that believe 
Through the faith once delivered unto the Saints. 

Our aim stands for unity and love 



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It binds us together and makes us one. 

It gives us the strength to courageously go for the all 

In the power of the Lord our God. 

Brother James Musumba 
Box 616 
Kapenguria, Kenya 

TRUST...IN WHO'S WISDOM? 

Continued from November 1998 Bible Monitor 

The Bible speaks of wisdom in approximately four hundred and 
forty different verses. Let's look at some of those verses to get a 
more detailed picture of how Christians should approach today's 
technology. In Proverbs 2:1-9, we get some important information 
about wisdom. We find in verse 6 that it's the Lord who gives wis- 
dom, and then in verse 7 we find He gives it to the righteous. We 
find again in Exodus 31 :3, Exodus 36:1 , and II Chron. 9:23 that it is 
God who gives wisdom. (Dan. 2:21 ) "And he changeth the times 
and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he 
giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know 
understanding:.." 

Egypt was a country of awesome accomplishments and tech- 
nology. It took knowledge and wisdom to be able to build the pyra- 
mids, but the inventions of Egypt were not used to please God. 
They were used to build great temples in honor of their own gods. 
Over the course of time, Israel became caught in the worship of the 
idols of Egypt, and began to trust in Egypt rather than God. As a 
punishment, God took from Egypt all her power, and said that she 
would now be "the basest of kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself 
any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall 
no more rule over the nations." The wisdom of Egypt only brought 
idolatry and sorrow to herself and to God's chosen people. 

We dare not look to Egypt (the world) for our help or safety. All 
the world's technology will not help us if God is not with us. With 
our tongues we claim we trust God rather than the things of this 
world, but just consider being without medical care in an emer- 
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Where is our trust? (Psa. 33: 17-1 9) "An horse is a vain thing for 
safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. Be- 
hold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon 
them that hope in his mercy; To deliver their soul from death, 
and to keep them alive in famine " 

We humans like to look at the results of our knowledge and 
take the praise for it, as if we ourselves are strong, wise, trustwor- 
thy, self-sufficient creatures. (Isa. 10:13)"Forhesaith, By the strength 
of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom; for I am prudent: and 
I have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their 
treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man:" 
But God tells us it's foolish to look to man and his inventions to 
solve our problems or deserve our trust. (Jer.48:7) "For because 
thou hast trusted in thy works and in thy treasures, thou shalt 
also betaken:..." 

What are the results of Christians relying on the world's tech- 
nology? (Isa. 30: 1 -3) "Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, 
that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but 
not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down 
into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen them- 
selves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of 
Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and 
the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion." (Hosea 10:13) 
"Ye have plowed wickedness, ye have reaped iniquity; ye have 
eaten the fruit of lies: because thou didst trust in thy way in 
the multitude of thy mighty men" 

Our strength and safety come from God, and it's foolish to rely 
on anything else. (Psa. 108:12) "Give us help from trouble: for vain 
is the help of man" (I Cor. 2:5) "That your faith should not stand 
in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God" 

EXAMPLES FROM GOD'S WORD 

What we have established so far is that man lost his purity of 
wisdom when he learned the knowledge of evil in the Garden of 
Eden, thus we can not trust that the world's wisdom is righteous 
wisdom. True wisdom comes from the fear of the Lord, and in con- 
trast, God considers the wisdom of this world as foolishness. Our 
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In Genesis 6, the story of the flood, we find it says, "And God 
saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that 
every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continu- 
ally" They were all busy thinking and imagining, but their thoughts 
were only evil. Were these people stupid and unlearned cave-men, 
as secular history would have us believe? It had not been long 
since creation. Surely their intellect would have greatly exceeded 
ours today, thousands of years down the path of sin. 

Ken Ham has this to say, "Because we live in a technologically 
advanced culture, and because of the influence of evolutionary ideas, 
we tend to think that we are betferthan people before us. However, 
the opposite is true from a Biblical perspective. The first man and 
woman were perfect. They were created with a complex language 
and had perfect abilities in every area. Their descendants built 
musical instruments and cities (Genesis 4). Our brains have suf- 
fered from the changes resulting from six thousand years of the 
curse operating on the world. The great technology we have today 
is not an indication that we are more intelligent than people before 
us, but that we have benefited from the accumulation of knowledge." 

God was so displeased with the evil thoughts of man in Noah's 
time, that He destroyed them with a flood. After the flood, God 
made a statement about man that still applies today. (Gen. 8:21) 
"...for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth;..." 

In Genesis 1 1 we find the story of the tower of Babel. These 
people knew how to build cities, and their wisdom was so great that 
God said "...nothing will be restrained from them, which they have 
imagined to do." (Gen. 11:6) He saw that their wisdom was not 
going to produce good. This concerned Him so much He chose to 
confound the language and scatter the people. They were trusting 
in and proud of their own wisdom, and the consequences were 
awesome. (Isa. 47:10) "For thou hast trusted in thy wicked- 
ness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy 
knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine 
heart, I am, and none else beside me." 

As we go through the Bible, we find situations that are hard for 
us to understand, because the Godly wisdom that was used looks 
like foolishness to us! When God says something that does not fit 



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our way of thinking, it's easy to reject His way to follow our own. But 
throughout the Bible, we find people who were willing to do it God's 
way. 

After Daniel heard the new law that was made about not wor- 
shipping anyone besides King Darius, he continued praying with 
his window open toward Jerusalem "as he did aforetime". That 
seems unnecessary to us. After all, if he had only closed his win- 
dow and prayed in secret he would not have been caught. Had not 
God given him a window that would shut for his protection? Was he 
using wisdom? All we can conclude is, yes, he was using God's 
wisdom rather than man's. God saved him from the lion's den, and 
as a result God was glorified. 

When David was hiding from Saul in a cave, the opportunity 
arose for him to kill Saul. All he needed to do was step away from 
the wall and smite the king. The men who were with him thought 
this surely was the day the Lord had delivered Saul into David's 
hand. What a great chance to get rid of a big problem! Looking at 
it from man's viewpoint, it would be easy to believe that God had 
brought Saul to that particular cave for David's benefit. Yet, David, 
using God's wisdom rather than man's, realized that he was not to 
lift his hand against the king, for Saul was the Lord's anointed. 

In another incident in David's life, we find all the men of Israel 
terrified of Goliath. Man's wisdom said that no one there was big 
enough to fight that giant. Man's wisdom said that it would be sui- 
cide to try. Yet, David, foolish in the eyes of the world but wise in the 
ways of God, knew that God could and would fight that battle for 
him. 

We find an interesting story in Judges 20. I am not sure I really 
understand all that was going on here, but when the Israelites asked 
counsel of God, He told them to go fight against Benjamin. Twice 
they asked counsel, twice He said go, and twice they were defeated. 
It looks as if they were misunderstanding what God said. Then we 
find that once again they asked and this time God said, "Go, for I 
have delivered them into your hand." Were the first two times mis- 
takes? I do not think we are told God's reasons for what happened 
in this story. Here again it looks as if we cannot use human reason- 
ing to understand God's ways. (Isaiah 55:8-9) "For my thoughts 



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are not your thoughts, neither your ways my ways, saith the 
LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my 
ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your 
thoughts." 

To be continued 
Sister Ariene Stamy 

SPEAKTHETRUTH! 

"And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of the 
Lord, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjathjearim, who prophesied 
against this city and against this land according to all the words of 
Jeremiah:. ..And they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought 
him unto Jehoiakim the King; who slew him with the sword s and 
cast his dead body into the graves of the common people." Jeremiah 
26:20,23. 

In Jeremiah's time the people did not want to hear the truth of 
God. Many of the Old Testament prophets were constantly in dan- 
ger of losing their lives, likewise anyone quoting to others the Word 
of God. Times may change but the evils of man do not. Today is no 
different. People today do not want the truth. Our materialism has 
alienated us from the truth. 

We read in the scriptures about all those who have died as a 
result of preaching and promoting the Gospel. John the Baptist 
told the King it was wrong to have his brother's wife. For this he lost 
his head. Stephen called the Pharisees stiffnecked and uncircum- 
cised in heart and ears and was stoned to death, being seen of 
many, including Paul the Apostle. Indeed there are risks involved in 
speaking the truth, including the risk of being killed. 

Our nation has lost its love for the truth. Early on we recognized 
the regime of communist Russia, who slaughtered the former rul- 
ers and millions more as well. China, communist since the late 
1940's has killed millions of Christians, yet our government has 
recognized it, and invited its premier to Washington with great pomp. 

Many things indicate unbelief in our government and in our coun- 
try. Several years ago our president consulted astrologers (called 
"witches in the Old Testament). The President, we currently em- 



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ploy, keeps company with preachers of the "New Age", many of 
which are in the entertainment industry. 

Hymns and Christmas carols cannot be sung in our schools. 
Bible reading is forbidden. Christians are no longer "politically cor- 
rect." The "in thing" is to praise homosexuals who have "come out" 
(made their sin public), and to look favorably at those with multiple 
marriages. 

Jeremiah told the people of Judah that Jerusalem would be 
destroyed and become desolate. Urijah, a follower of Jeremiah, 
also denounced the city and Judah for following other gods. He 
was hunted down and killed by the King and put in a common grave. 
But the King did not realize that you cannot stop the judgment of 
God by killing His prophets. 

What kind of "prophets" are we if we are afraid to tell others 
about Jesus and the judgments of God. We must not hesitate to 
speak of God to others. Often, people nowadays initiate the con- 
versation. Often, well-meaning people who belong to mainstream 
churches do not even realize that their religious freedoms are be- 
ing taken away, because they are not taught and they do not bother 
to look into the Word. We must be wise as serpents as well as 
harmless as doves. We must know our enemies and speak out 
against their evil deeds, not just "love" them. 

II Timothy 4:2 says, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out 
of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doc- 
trine." Isaiah 58:1 says, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a 
trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of 
Jacob their sins." We can quote dozens of other scriptures to indi- 
cate the Christian's responsibility to the world. Urijah and Jeremiah 
both spoke the truth, one died, the other did not. In America today 
the chances are slim that a Christian would die for telling the truth. 
We need to prophesy against wrong doing, whatever it is and wher- 
ever it comes from. 

I'm not ashamed to own my Lord, 

Or to defend his cause, 
Maintain the honor of his word, 

The glory of his cross. 



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Jesus, my God! I know his name, 

His name is all my trust; 
Nor will he put my soul to shame, 
Nor let my hope be lost. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Rd. 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



THE HOME 

Psalm 78:1-8 

We want to bring a message to you on "The Home." We feel the 
home is the first institution that God established. 

We can go back to the Garden of Eden and there we find that 
He made man. He saw that it was not good for man to be alone, so 
He made the woman and brought her to man. He said that man 
should leave father and mother and cleave to his wife, and they 
twain shall be one flesh. That was the institution of the home. It's in 
God's divine plan that the home should be established. Sad indeed 
today, the home seems to be nothing, but a broken-up mess of 
shambles. 

It seems that today there are many divided homes, so many 
broken-up homes, and so many children are raised without parents 
or in one parent families. Why is it? It's been a neglect of mankind. 
The home has come to naught. The home does not mean much 
anymore. It seems as if the home is a place for the man to come 
home to get warm in the winter, and cooled off in the summer. It's a 
place for a man to come home to grumble, growl, and complain. 
The home should be an institution, established by God. The home 
is a place where children are raised and taught and where husband 
and wife dwell together in unity and love. 

The Bible says that husbands should love their wives, even as 
Christ loved the Church. As they love their wives, and the children 
see the love shown, so they will see and understand how Christ 
loved the church. So we have a great responsibility to love our 



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wives. The wives also have a great responsibility to love their hus- 
bands, and be subject unto them. 

We find back in the beginning, the home established, and God 
told man that he was to replenish the earth. We find it's a place 
where children are to be raised. So many homes today are started, 
but children that are born are placed in the hands of other people. 
There is no love there. That's what causes broken homes. It's a 
terrible condition when there is no love reigning in the home. 

Love should be dominant in the home between husband and 
wife, and between parents and children. The children should re- 
spect their parents. We find today that so many times, the children 
do not respect their parents. What is the cause of it? It's not the 
children's fault, but the fault of the parents when they fail to teach 
their children. We bring our children to Sunday School, we take 
them to church, and we expect the teachers and preachers to teach 
and tell our children the ways they should go. The home is the 
place where children should be taught. Then, they should be brought 
to church to confirm the teachings in the home. 

We find many times today, one of the biggest mistakes that 
people make, is that they get themselves into a situation where 
both parents have to go to work. The mother goes to work and puts 
her children out into the hands of baby-sitters. Then we wonder 
why the children do not do as their parents would like for them to do. 
We fail to realize that they are so tender in teaching, and they need 
to be taught when they are young. 

The Song of Solomon says something like this, "Many waters 
cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it. If a man would 
give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be con- 
tempt." There should nothing come in our pathway to quench that 
love, whether it be "floods of waters", disappointments, or discour- 
agements that might try to quench that love. It should not be so in 
the Christian's life. Husbands should love their wives as their own 
bodies. The Bible says that we should not be bitter against them. 
We find as we establish the home, that we should have love one for 
the other. 

We find in the Old Testament many times when the fathers had 
influence on their children. When a king did that which was evil in 



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the sight of the Lord, usually it was that way with his son, genera- 
tion after generation. Once in a while, a king would do that which 
was good in the sight of God, and his son followed him in his foot- 
steps. We have to remember that our children follow in our foot- 
steps, and we need to lead by example. I encourage you fathers 
and mothers today, to lead by example. Remember your children 
are watching your steps. We have to be good examples to our 
children. We have to bring them up in a way that's pleasing in God's 
sight. A test in a man's Christianity is in his children. 

We find so many times in the past generation, the church falling 
away. Why are we not holding our young people? Why do so many 
times parents seem to be staunch in their ways, and children do not 
seem to follow their pathway? It's the works of the devil. We have 
to overcome those things. We have duties and responsibilities that 
we must perform. People see us in our children. The Bible says 
that an elder should rule his house well, having his children under 
subjection unto him. That's not only for the elders, but for every 
father. It should be his responsibility to rule his family well. Our 
family gives us away and tells others what we live like when no one 
else is around. Many times people take their children to church on 
Sunday, but through the week they let them run wild and they do 
not teach them. We, as parents, have a great responsibility to teach 
these children. In the home, not in the schools, is where the teach- 
ing should come from us parents. 

At home is where there is truly a Christian man. The husband, 
the man of God and teacher, is supposed to be the head of the 
house. The mothers also need to teach the children. The husband 
and father needs to walk with God and diligently teach his children 
at home. Too many times we find people who are so unconcerned. 
They say to let them go, they are young, and it does not matter. Let 
them have fun while they are young. Let them go out and sow their 
wild oats and when they are older they will come to the Lord. I find 
no place in the Scriptures that bears the thought of sowing wild 
oats. The Bible tells me that we will reap what we sow. We need to 
teach these children when they are young and tender and their 
minds are young and pliable. Too many times we wait to teach 
them until they are in their teenage years and then it's too late. The 
child's mind has been molded. The child's mind is molded before 



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they even go to school, when they are young. It's surprising how 
these children's minds can comprehend things. They learn very, 
very young. 

Do not put it off. Do not wait until your children grow up, but 
teach them in the home. Teach them while they are young. I feel 
like one of the greatest mistakes today is, not teaching our children 
what the word "no" means. We live in a day an age when we hear a 
lot about child abuse. There are two ends of this torso of ours. One 
is to think with and the other is to sit on. The end we sit on is the 
end that needs correction sometimes. I see nothing the matter with 
correcting a child. The Bible says, "Spare the rod, and spoil the 
child." We need to correct the child and chastise him. I will admit 
that there is child abuse because fathers and mothers hate their 
children. They punish them, and beat them because they like to 
see them suffer. Many children are abused. There is a big differ- 
ence between child abuse and the rod of correction. The problem 
is, we wait too long. Once they are teenagers and we try to correct 
with the rod, we run into difficulty. 

Many times people who never raised any children are the people 
who tell others how to raise theirs. We need to use Biblical prin- 
ciples. The Bible says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: 
and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6. "The 
rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his 
mother to shame." Proverbs 29:15. 

The duty and responsibility of parents in the home in raising 
children is to teach, train, nurture, control, and love them. 

Deuteronomy 6:7, "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto 
thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sitest in thine house, 
and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou Nest down, and 
when thou risest up." 

We need to love our children, teach them to be sober-minded, 
and to love their husbands. This love needs to prevail in our homes' 
between husband and wife and children, as well. Raising our chil- 
dren should be one of the most challenging, maturing, self-deny- 
ing, time-consuming things we do in our home aside from studyinq 
the Word of God. 



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We realize as we raise a garden, that's the way we raise our 
children. When we raise a garden, we do not kick some dirt out of 
the way and throw some seeds down and forget about it. This makes 
a grand mess. The weeds take over. Too many parents raise their 
family this way. They do not do anything about it and all of a sudden 
wonder why their children do not turn out. When we plant our gar- 
den, we prepare the soil and carefully plant selected seed. We pick 
good seed, use proper fertilizer to produce, and cultivation. Weeds 
in our garden are like Satan coming into our children's lives. We 
take care of a garden and nurture it. 

Why do we do so little? Why do we pray so little? We need to 
pray before they are born. We should be concerned and welcome 
ideas on how to bring up our children in the nurture and admonition 
of the Lord. 

Hebrews 12:6, " For whom the Lord loveth he chaseneth, and 
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." If we love our children we 
need to chasten them and correct them. I encourage young fami- 
lies who are beginning to raise your children, remember the teach- 
ings of the Bible. Don't be afraid to correct and teach right from 
wrong. We trust your home will be where love reigns, where God 
dwells, where children are raised to be men and women, and where 
parents love to look into the Word of God. The standards of the 
church will not be any higher than the standards of the homes that 
make up the church. We have to have our homes on high stan- 
dards. Let's raise the standards of the home. Let's exhort and love 
one another. Then it is that our homes will flourish and God's name 
will be honored and glorified. 

Selected Sermon of Brother Paul Stump 
Contributed by the Stephen Blocher family. 



COPY CATS 

I feel sure all my readers have heard the expression, "COPY- 
CATS". As a child I attended a one room country school, from age 
eight to thirteen, where from all the surrounding families, children 
came for learning. All were taught by one teacher. Some children 
were not interested in learning. They would try to get their eyes on 



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their neighbors' work and copy the answers. They were called COPY- 
CATS. Well, the copy-cats are not all dead. A lot of them are still 
around. They are not all children. We are all copy-cats in many 
ways and things. A friend made the remark to me one time, "We 
are a part of all we meet." We are constantly copying other people. 
I took notice to my own life and sure enough I found it to be true, 
right at home in my own life. The sad part about it is that it is not all 
good things that we copy. It could be in our use of words, dirty 
jokes, or time wasted in many, unprofitable ways. It might be in 
smoking, drinking alcohol, immorality, idolatry and so forth. 

Watching television has gotten to be very addictive to many. 
When parents put television in front of their children they put the 
sinful world right in their living room with all the filth and sin for their 
children to copy, i firmly believe that has to a great extent helped fill 
the prisons of our land with those who have committed murders 
and crime of all types. 

There are many good things we can copy too. We should strive 
to do so by Bible reading, prayer, remembering the ill and helpless 
by visits, letters, greeting cards, telephone calls, and so forth. Have 
interesting and encouraging things to say and write, that are in agree- 
ment with God's Word. I find that those things brighten my own life. 
What we do to make others happy and better people will come 
back to us and brighten our days. As the sunshine reflected from 
the moon lights up what would be intense darkness at night. With 
that rebounding light we need not grope around in intense dark- 
ness. 

Children copy their parents. "As the mother so is the daughter." 
It could have added, "as the father so is the son". There are so 
many mixed marriages these days that also weaken the children. 
Occasionally children do live a more wholesome Christian life than 
their parents, but that is seldom the case. It seems that the whole 
world is racing toward eternity at an awful speed, unprepared. Chil- 
dren imitate their parents in many ways — in appearance, actions, 
life styles, foods and drinks, work and also religion. Therefore, it is 
important to find the best gospel church possible and do our best to 
keep a pure heart and mind and do unto others as we would want 
others to do unto us. Satan has given us many bad things to copy 



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that look interesting and good. He even quotes scripture to give his 
plan a good face, but the veneer loses its glitter when payday comes 
round and we have found ourselves beyond help. The wise man, 
Solomon, said, "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, 
while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou 
shalt say I have no pleasure in them " Eca 12:1 . 

Let us copy the good things from God's Word and live the near- 
est to His plan as we possibly can. Then we shall reap the benefits 
of old age and a home in Glory eternally. There we will join the 
Hallelujah chorus of the millions in the heavenly realm praising and 
thanking God and our earthly parents for our Godly life here on 
earth. Heaven will be worth more than we will ever suffer for Christ 
on earth. If we disobey God and Christian parents and end up with 
a fire and brimstone future, we will have lost it all. Those sinful, 
veneered pleasures will have lost their glitter. 

We ail need to beware what we copy, from whom we copy, how 
we copy, so that we copy-cats do not need to be sorry we copied. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
4659 Garrett Highway 
Oakland, MD 21550 

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THANKYOU 

Since suffering a stroke, it is difficult for me to get around very 
well. I have received a lot of cards, beautiful cards, letters and 
flowers. I do not know any way to express my thanks to all the 
Brethren and Sisters over the Brotherhood except through the Bible 



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Monitor. 

I feel I am gaining a little strength each day. I thank our Heav- 
enly Father for His watchful care over me. May God's Will be done. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Clara Gunderman 

THANK YOU 

I would like to say "A Special Thank You" to each one who re- 
membered me on my 80th birthday. It was such a blessing to re- 
ceive so many lovely cards, letters, and notes from all across the 
Brotherhood. You all helped to make "Becoming 80" more enjoy- 
able than I ever thought it could be! Thank you so much, and God 
Bless you. I love you all. (I received one hundred twenty cards.) 

Sister Arlene Flora 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JANUARY 1999 

January 3 - Zacharias and the Angel - Luke 1 :1 -25. 

1 . What does it mean to be "Righteous before God"? 

2. According to the angel, what was going to be the child's 
life purpose. 

January 10-The Lord Exhalts Mary and Mary Exhalts the Lord-Luke 
1:26-56 

1 . How can we find favour with God? 

2. What did Mary mean, "My soul doth magnify the Lord"? 
January 17 - The Birth of John The Baptist - Luke 1 :57-80. 

1 . Why was it so important to name the child John? 

2. Explain the praise, "To give knowledge of salvation unto 
His people..." 

January 24 - The Birth of Jesus - Luke 2:1-24. 

1 .Why were the shepherds the only ones to receive Christ's 
birth announcement by the angels? 

2. Explain the significance of the first born male under the 
law. 



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January 31 - Simeon and Anna Prophesy - Luke 2:25-52. 

1 . What was the reaction of Joseph and Mary to the words 
of Simeon? 

2. What did Jesus mean when He said, "Wist ye not that I 
must be about my Father's business? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

JANUARY 1999 

January 3 - Our Christian Calling - Matt. 22:1-14, I Cor. 1:23-32, 
Eph. 1:17-23. 

1. Explain the difference between called and chosen. 

2. Explain the meaning of the phrase, "That ye may know 
what is the hope of His calling." 

January 1 - Our Profession-Ps. 78:32-34, Matt. 7:1 8-23, Titus 1:13- 
16. 

1 . How should the fruit of our life correspond to our profes- 
sion? 

2. How is it possible to profess knowing God and yet in works 
deny Him? 

January 17 - Ambassadors - Pro. 13:14-17, II Cor. 5:17-21, Eph. 
6:10-24. 

1 . To whom must an ambassador be faithful? 

2. What is the ministry of an ambassador? 

January 24 - Chosen Instruments-Jn. 15:14-17, I Cor. 1:27, Heb. 
3:12-14 

1 . What determines whether or not we are a friend of God? 

2. Name some of God's chosen instruments. 

January 31 -TheTouch of Christ - Matt. 8:1-4, 1 4-15, Mark 7:31 -37. 

1 . Why was there healing power in the physical touch of 
Christ? 

2. In what ways is the touch of Christ still available to us 
today? 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OFTRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397-CountyRoadB50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C. Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred 0. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, I A 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R. 5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

1 2409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

Jacob C.Ness 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 



Paul Stump 

10340 North Diamond I\ 

Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 
1138E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 



IRd. 



Fred O. Pifer, Treasurer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Merle Sweitzer 
13227 Fishel Road 
Felton, PA 17322 

Ray Stuber 

5200 Swamp Road 

Felton, PA 17356 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-CountyRoadB50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Rick St. John, Treasurer 
2578 County Road 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Phil Franklin 

1520 Brannon Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95350 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 



BOARD OF PUBLICATION (515) 993-3028 



Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond l\ 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Ronald Marks, Secretary 
1813 N. 136th Avenue 
Hart, Ml 49420 



William Carpenter, Treasurer 
I Rd. 801 2 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517)458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
41 9 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717)359-5753 



Paul Nell 

Woodland Drive 

R6 Box 61 1 9 

Spring Grove, PA 1 7403-9489 

(717)225-1663 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Marlin Marks 
3027 Acorn Lane 
Red Lion, PA 17356 

Larry Andrews 

12306 East 203rd Street 

Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, MO 64078 

All contributions to the vari- 
ous boards should be made 
out to the Treasury, but sent 
to the Secretary for his 
records. 



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